All construction work in the UK is subject to building regulations, which set out minimum standards for design, construction and alterations. Consequently, when planning loft conversions, it is essential to make yourself aware of relevant regulations. As a building company with over 25 years of experience in construction and carpentry, Richley Contractors advises on the individual requirements of each job. When undertaking loft extensions in Burgess Hill and the surrounding areas, we ensure all work, from ventilation to loft ladders, complies with regulations for safe, reliable and durable results.
Although our contractors will advise on the regulations that apply to your project, it is important you understand these controls before beginning work. The following are some of the key regulations you need to know:
1. Structural Stability
Loft conversions in Burgess Hill will generally require work to reinforce the floor. Ceiling joists and load bearing walls must be strong enough to support additional weight while meeting the standards set by building regulations. Loft ladders also need to be strong enough to suit their use.
Providing expert carpentry services, we ensure floors, ceilings and staircases are structurally stable and durable.
2. Fire Safety
When constructing loft extensions in Burgess Hill, they must meet fire safety regulations. These cover various aspects such as escape routes and measures to prevent the spread of fire.
As a customer focused building company, we ensure your home is as safe as possible. To achieve this, loft conversions must have:
Loft extensions have different ventilation requirements depending on their use. For example, if installing a bathroom in your Burgess Hill loft, you will need mechanical ventilation. The roof also requires adequate ventilation to prevent condensation.
Building regulations surrounding loft access are strict. Staircases have minimum height and width requirements and must meet fire safety standards. Because staircases are the quickest and safest form of escape, you must install a staircase if converting your loft into a living area. Our carpentry services include the construction of safe, sturdy and attractive staircases for your conversion.
For customers in Burgess Hill using their loft for storage, loft ladders are a suitable and effective option.
5. Party Walls
As an experienced building company, we often construct loft conversions that affect a party wall, which is the wall you share with a neighbour. For any such work, you must follow proper protocol and obtain a Party Wall Agreement. For any disputes relating to party walls, you should use the steps set out in the Party Wall Act 1996 to resolve issues.