The purpose of building regulations is to ensure that anyone wishing to design, construct or alter a building does so to a set of national standards.
All loft conversions require full plans to be submitted together with a set of appropriate structural calculations. These are then scrutinised by the local authority building control department and the engineers section.
All properties have to comply with a rigorous set of fire regulations when an additional storey is built. The construction of a loft conversion must be 3o minutes fire resistant from the rest of the house. This is why a fire-check lobby at the head, or occasionally at the bottom of the stairs, is mandatory.
With new building law passed in April 2007 it is no longer necessary to provide a means of escape from the loft via a fire escape Velux. Instead all existing habitable room doors can be changed to fire doors, which will be checked for compliance at the final building inspector visit.
The Local Authority building surveyor will call several times during the course of the work to ensure that all requirements are adhered to. Following final inspection your Local Authority will issue a completion certificate, which we recommend you keep safely along with any other relevant documentation.
Do bear in mind that building & fire regulations provide for a minimum standard of compliance only. At Xtenditall, we choose to use higher-grade materials at particular stages of our work to ensure that your loft is built and finished to much higher standards than those required merely to meet building & fire regulations.
At Xtenditall we incorporate all local authority fees in our initial quote and any communication in relation to the build will be undertaken by our staff, leaving our customer to relax knowing their loft conversion is in safe hands.