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Thinking Of Getting Your Loft Converted? Read This First!

Written by Gloria

Loft conversions can be done several ways when it comes to design. Of course everyone who is sensible wants the best possible design for the loft conversion. The design of the loft conversion will probably alter to roof line so Planning permission may be required.

For your loft conversion to be legal, that it, recognised as proper living accommodation by a mortgage lender, so it is valued as an added extension to your home, it requires build regulation approval.

A build regulation certificate is proof that your loft conversion is legal and can be valued as part of your home, according to the owner of this London kitchen extensions company. Spending all that money then becomes a good investment. The building regulation certificate is a record at your local councils building regulation department and this can be traced by a solicitor. It can be compared to the service history of a car at the dealer network provided you evidence that the car has a good service history.

Building regulations can be provided by your local building regulations officer who is based at the local council building regulation department, but more commonly now by private building control by an approved building control officer, who would have obtained a licence to carry out these inspections. A building regulation certificate is provided in the same way and a copy is registered at your local building regulation department.

The appointed building regulation officer visits the site where the loft conversion is being done. He normally visits about two times, firstly to check structural work and insulation and then a final visit to check final works where plumbing, fire regulation compliance, all second fix carpentry, windows and electrics.

In detail for complete building regulation compliance, the following should be adhered to-

Structural calculations

Drawings and detailed structural calculations are calculated and provided by a qualified structural engineer so any extensions should be done by experienced loft conversion or . This maintains the structural integrity of your building so the correct steels and woodwork is used to build the loft conversion. Using the incorrect materials, not fixing them correctly may cause very expensive damage to your home and invalidate your home insurance.

Fire protection

By introducing a new floor for habitation to your home fire safety is paramount.


Correct floor, wall and ceiling insulation are used to insulate the loft and fire protection.


The roof and slopes need adequate ventilation to ensure condensation , thus damp in your loft is avoided.

Electrical certification

An electrical certificate is sent to building control which also cover any smoke detectors fitted.

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