How will building regulations affect my loft conversion?
As earlier established, it doesn’t matter whether you need planning permission or not, your loft conversion has to meet with building regulations approval. This is to ensure that the work you do in your house is structurally sound and safe for the inhabitants. There are specific regulations that depend on the type and scale of your conversion but specifically, building regulations will affect the following areas:
- Fire safety – this specifies that you install fire resistant doors in your converted loft to make the room fire safe. You will also have to install smoke detectors all through the house.
- Structural integrity – this specifies that you make sure your house is strong enough to bear the extra weight a conversion will add. Of course, this extra weight will be very little considering that you are simply converting an existing loft not making an addition, but the regulations state that you check the floor and beams to see that they are strong enough for the new loft. Where the house is not strong enough to carry the extra weight, structural adjustments may be necessary.
- Access – building regulations demand that stairs be installed to provide escape in case of a fire. Ladders and retractable stairs will not work. A fire escape door will have to be installed either at the top or at the bottom of the stairs that lead other the house. This is to provide another source of escape separate from the fire escape windows in the loft.
- Insulation – building regulations specify a particular insulation level for thermal and sound. It is important that your new loft does not lose heat at the floor, wall joining and roof. It is also important that the room is properly insulated against noise in order to prevent distractions to other inhabitants of the house and neighborhood.
This list is not conclusive as there are many more things to take into consideration when planning for loft conversion that meets with building regulations approval. You can get more information on building regulations by visiting the planning portal website, or you can call Milosh Build Brighton on 01273 257450for expert advice.