Loft Conversion Building Regs by Loft Conversions Watford
A loft conversion well be less expensive than moving to a bigger house (and moving will always involve costs that cannot be recouped). If you have designs on loft conversion works and are managing the project yourself you should arrange conversion insurance to cover the new works and the existing structure. Our guide reveals the 10 key things you need to consider when weighing up whether a loft conversion is the right way to add more space to your property.
Building Regs For Your Loft Conversion In Watford, Hertfordshire
If you plan to make your loft space more accessible by installing a staircase to it and improving it by boarding it out and lining the walls and rafters, more extensive work is likely to be required and the building regulations are likely to apply.
When it comes to meeting regulations with your loft conversion, your building control inspector will specify exactly what you require. Remember that existing doors on the stairway (ground and first floor) should be replaced with fire-resistant doors and this should be indicated on your loft conversion drawings for building control.
Planning Permission For Your Watford Loft Conversion
A loft conversion for your property is considered to be permitted development, not requiring an application for planning permission, subject to limits and conditions. If you're unsure, or think you might need planning permission, an initial discussion with Loft Conversions Watford should be able to confirm this.
Some roofs require greater structural input, normally involving the insertion of steel beams between load bearing walls for the new floor joists to hang on and the rafter section to be supported on — together with a steel beam at the ridge. In some designs new floor joists are fitted and slightly raised above the ceiling plasterboard to avoid contact with it.
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Average Loft Conversions Watford Loft Conversion Cost
A loft conversion could add up to £45,000 to the value of your property but it could cost you upwards of £20,000 to add one.