By John Coutts(auth.)
Strain on area and alterations in making plans legislation suggest that loft conversions at the moment are on the vanguard within the race to enhance the functionality of Britains getting old housing inventory. given that 1990, roof house conversions have elevated united kingdom housing means by way of greater than two hundred million sq. toes - a residing zone resembling 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 relatives dwellings. It brings jointly a wealth of sensible and regulatory counsel in a kind that's effortless to learn and comprehensively illustrated.
This absolutely revised and up-to-date moment variation is meant basically for architects, developers, surveyors and others professionally focused on the method of loft conversion. The insights it offers also are valuable to self-builders and to owners wishing to accomplish a deeper figuring out of what a loft conversion comprises.
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In some cases, full plans fees are less than building notice charges, but this is not the case universally. Full plans Drawings, including specifications, structural engineers’ calculations and other relevant construction details, are deposited with the local authority before work commences. The application is checked and the local authority must issue a decision within five weeks. This may be extended to a maximum of two months by agreement. Plans may be: ■ ■ ■ Approved Approved subject to conditions Rejected Where the local authority is not satisfied with the application, it may ask for amendments to be made or additional details to be provided.
The mansard’s double slope rises from the eaves and is applied to each elevation of the building. When applied only to opposing elevations, it is sometimes described as a gambrel or gabled mansard. The term ‘mansard’ is now applied rather vaguely to any roof with a steeply pitched principal slope. In the case of a mansard loft conversion, a steeply pitched lower slope is applied to the rear elevation and sometimes to the front as well. 2e), it may rise from behind a parapet wall (see Butterfly roof conversion).
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.