Written for small builders and tradesmen such as bricklayers andcarpenters, as well as householders wanting to provide more spaceand enhanced living conditions without the substantial cost ofmoving house. While there are many books that deal with theconstruction aspects of extending a house, there are few sourcesthat combine the planning, construction and regulatory aspects intoone easily accessible source. Extending and Improving a Homemeets that need. By focussing on specific building elements –foundations, walls, roofs, services, finishes etc – the bookneatly provides a comprehensive, accessible guide to the areas ofhome improvement that cause most concern for householders and smallbuilders.
Extending and Improving a Home will: Guide you through the mazeof legislation that affects most building alterations andextensions; show how to go about getting a project realised interms of design, choice of contractor and construction,successfully and to budget, and give sound technical solutions forall the elements of a project that also comply with BuildingRegulations.
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About the Author
M. J. Billington is a chartered building surveyor and is currently Managing Director of Construction Auditing Services Ltd, a company that specialises in latent defects insurance technical auditing, and Chairman of Certass Ltd, a Building Regulations Competent Person Scheme for replacement windows and doors.
C. Gibbs is a building surveyor with over 30 years experience in education and the construction industry.
Table of Contents
1 Extending and improving your home – an introduction1Why extend or improve your home? 2Do-it-yourself 4Extending and improving your home – practices and procedures6Practical design tips 9
2 Legal background 14Introduction 14Planning permission 14Listed buildings and conservation areas 25The Building Act 1984 and the Building Regulations 28Building Regulations 28Competent persons schemes 46The Party Wall Act 48Energy performance 57Occupiers’ Liability Act 59
3 Arranging and organising the work 60Use of professional designers 60Getting a builder or doing it yourself? 61Cost implications 64Contractual arrangements 65Availability of grants 66Insurances for contract and after 68Further information 72
4 Issues affecting the property as a whole 73Structural stability 73Weatherproofing and damp-proofing the envelope 79Maintenance 80Further information 81
5 Site survey and investigation 82Site investigation 82Subsoil investigation 84Significance and proximity of site boundaries 85Presence and significance of trees 86Measured survey 88Further information 90
6 Foundations 91Introduction 91Foundation types 92Further information 101
7 Ground and upper floors 102Ground floors 102Upper floors 112Building Regulations and Approved Document guidance 117Further information 119
8 External walls 120Introduction 120Solid walls 121Cavity walls 125Framed wall construction 128Building Regulations and Approved Document guidance 132Further information 145
9 Internal walls 147Partition walls 147Building Regulations and Approved Document guidance 151Further information 153
10 Roofs 154Roof structure and coverings 154Roof coverings 160Other coverings 164Building Regulations and Approved Document guidance 165Design for thermal efficiency 165Further information 173
11 Wall and ceiling finishes 174Wall finishes 174Ceiling finishes 179Further information 180
12 Services 181Introduction 181Installing new kitchens and bathrooms 182Above and below ground drainage 183Electrical installations 196Heating and ventilating services 197Hot and cold water supply 202Further information 205
13 Improving the thermal efficiency of the home 206Thermal efficiency 206The green deal 221Building Regulations and Approved Document guidance 222Further information 222
14 Conversions 223What type of conversion 223Loft conversions 223Garage conversions 224Basement conversions 226Further information 229
Case Study 1 Thermal Upgrading 231Elements 231Heat losses 234
Case Study 2 Loft Conversion 237Existing property 237Proposal 237Specifications 238Additional notes 242