When planning an extension, there are many structural factors we take into account, such as:
Foundation requirements and ground conditions
Wall dimensions and strength
Heat and sound insulation requirements for walls and floors
Whether a flat or pitched roof will be most suitable
How to maximise headroom and ensure sufficient support is in place in the form of beams and struts
Once our local builders in Woking have planned these vital structural components in detail, we work on incorporating drainage, electricity, heating, windows, doors and ventilation. During this stage, it is also important to think about how your property extension will meet all relevant building regulations, including fire safety requirements.
When converting a garage, we need to ensure appropriate foundations are in place because existing foundations may not be deep enough or strong enough to support the added weight of new floors, walls or ceilings. We also take the same considerations with existing walls, which may not be able to cope with an added floor or new roof.
Further aspects of planning a garage conversion include incorporating sufficient weatherproofing and insulation, as well as windows and ventilation, to meet building regulations and energy efficiency standards.
Perhaps the most important part of planning an attic conversion is ensuring the existing roof offers enough headroom for the new space to be practical. However, if there isn’t enough headroom don’t panic, it just means our builders may have to make structural alterations, as they have done many times on projects in Woking and the surrounding areas. While this may mean your project no longer falls within permitted development, it will ensure your conversion is suitable for its intended purpose.
Planning a usable entrance/exit to the conversion is also essential because new staircases must meet certain criteria and need careful placement to minimise their impact on the floor below your loft. In addition, most attic conversions we construct also need new electrics, heating and/or plumbing and it is important to incorporate systems into plans to ensure proper installation at the correct stage.