By John Coutts
Strain on house and alterations in making plans legislation suggest that loft conversions are actually on the leading edge within the race to enhance the functionality of Britain's getting old housing inventory. because 1990, roof area conversions have elevated united kingdom housing means via greater than two hundred million sq. toes - a dwelling region such as a medium-sized urban - with no the lack of a unmarried sq. foot of greenfield land.
Loft Conversions is the definitive technical advisor to the conversion of roof areas in unmarried family members dwellings. It brings jointly a wealth of useful and regulatory advice in a kind that's effortless to learn and comprehensively illustrated.
This absolutely revised and up to date moment version is meant basically for architects, developers, surveyors and others professionally all for the method of loft conversion. The insights it offers also are precious to self-builders and to homeowners wishing to accomplish a deeper knowing of what a loft conversion contains.
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If building work does not start within this time, the local authority may issue a notice stating that the approval is of no effect. The Building Regulations and building control 23 In all cases, it is necessary to inform building control of commencement at least two working days before work starts. It is possible to start work before a decision on the application is made, provided that a commencement notice is issued, but the protections offered by full plans do not become active unless a notice of approval is issued.
In a typical configuration, the conversion’s rear elevation (the dormer face) rises vertically near the eaves and in many cases may occupy a large proportion of the width of the roof. The triangular sides of the dormer (the cheeks) generally rake into the remnants of the existing roof slope. Both face and cheek walls are generally constructed from timber studwork with tile, slate or sometimes timber cladding. Occasionally, sheet metal coverings are used. A flat roof spans from below the ridge of the existing roof to the dormer face.
As its name suggests, the vertical window is encompassed within the envelope of the roof. For practical reasons, including daylighting, rainwater drainage and the impact on available floor area, this solution is best suited to roofs with a relatively steep pitch. It may be used to accommodate windows within a mansard slope. It is sometimes called an inset dormer. 20b). Eyebrow dormer The eyebrow dormer has no sides, the roofing material rising and falling over the roof opening as an unbroken undulation (Fig.