Do I Need An Architect For An Extension
What does an architect do on an extension?
No matter what your experience level we would always recommend speaking to a professional about any plans you may have in mind before they begin so that the best possible advice can be given - it might even save you money or time! Architects are experts in designing house extensions, loft conversions and other types of property renovation; working with each project from start to finish which means nothing is left out along the way.
You don't always need an architect for extensions; however if you want to go bigger than 50 square meters (which would be considered quite large) then they will come in very useful ! There are some great architectural practices who can help make this process much easier, especially when problems arise. It really depends on how quickly you want to extend your house - house extensions can be built in as little as six weeks if you engage efficient house extension contractors like us.
When should I get a structural engineer?
You may need to hire a Structural Engineer before starting any extension work depending on which type you intend to build and your house's design/layout - see below for more details:
You can either buy plans from us or we will issue building regulations certificates (if necessary) and provide architect drawings with our loft conversions service. Alternatively, if you already have plans drawn up by another company that you would like converting into Building Regulations Drawings then we charge a fee for just that. However, if you don't have any loft conversion drawings at all we will require a house survey as this gives us the information to design your work and include it in our loft conversion plans.
Do you need a structural engineer for a loft conversion?
You may not necessarily require the services of a structural engineer but this depends very much on how far out and complicated house extension plans look like they're going to get - generally more complex house extensions would definitely warrant advice from someone who knows what they're talking about in terms of structurally sound houses!
How do I know if my house has structural problems?
If your home was built before 1930's there could quite possibly have been some issues with its structure so it's definitely worth getting someone qualified round to check things out before putting pen to paper with any house expansion plans.
What will a structural engineer look for?
They are specialists who check that everything has been installed correctly and they make sure it's safe to live there before signing off on anything. Structural engineers also carry out tests to identify any faults or damage with the house and advise you what needs repairing. Always seek advice from an expert when building is involved, if not your house could be at risk.
He will be looking at house design and structure. He may also check the house's wiring, plumbing and heating systems to see if they need updating as well as checking on insulation levels!
Fixing any house expansion will depend upon what is found out by your Structural Engineer - so it might not be an overnight job but you'll know that everything has been done properly once he/she has finished their inspection.
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