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If you are looking to increase space inside your home, a loft conversion may be the way to go. They make for a great way to get more room and use space that is already a part of your home. Keep in mind, however, that loft conversions are more complex than building extensions. As such, there are often more Building Regulations on loft conversions than extensions. Read on to learn a few of the regulations on loft conversions.

If you plan to convert your loft into a useable room, you'll need to work within your area's regulations on loft conversions. You'll need to make a plans or building notice application. A building control surveyor will inspect the work that is done on your loft. For those converting lofts into storage spaces, regulations on loft conversions are not as strict.

Keep in mind that some loft conversions do not need planning permission. This is because they fall within the realm of your developmental rights. However, planning permission is different from building regulations approval and you will need to adhere to building regulation requirements.

Regulations on loft conversions take care of such things as structural stability, fire safety, damp resistance, ventilation, and insulation. Regulations also cover things like fire escapes and stairways. These regulations are set to help to ensure the health and safety of those in buildings, as well as those around them.

To meet regulations on loft conversions, you must ensure the structural strength of your loft. You'll need to ensure the strength of your load-bearing walls, the first floor lintels, and the ceiling joists. In most cases, larger floor joists will be necessary. Sometimes, foundations may need to be checked as well. You may even need to change the structure of your roof to make more space for your loft conversion.

In many cases, loft conversions require extra beams to support the flooring and the roofing. Since loft conversions often require complicated designs, you can be confident in our ability to handle all of these aspects for you This is true even if you plan to do it all yourself. It never hurts to enlist the help of a professional, contact us for more info

Since lofts are such a long way from the ground, it is also important to consider ways to get out if a fire breaks out. In a two-story house, you may choose to put an escape window into your loft conversion room. If you choose this option, you'll need to place self-closing devices on the doors that open to the staircase. Another alternative is to place self-closing fire doors around the staircase, creating a protected path to the ground floor.

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