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Loft Conversions 2e

Author/EditorCoutts J (Author)
ISBN: 9781118400043
Pub Date11/01/2013
BindingPaperback
Pages284
Edition2nd Revised ed
Dimensions (mm)242(h) * 191(w) * 16(d)
This book is the definitive technical guide to the conversion of roof spaces in single family dwellings. It brings together a wealth of practical and regulatory guidance in a form that is easy to read and comprehensively illustrated.
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Pressure on space and changes in planning law mean that loft conversions are now at the forefront in the race to improve the performance of Britain's ageing housing stock. Since 1990, roof space conversions have increased UK housing capacity by more than 200 million square feet - a living area equivalent to a medium-sized city - without the loss of a single square foot of greenfield land. Loft Conversions is the definitive technical guide to the conversion of roof spaces in single family dwellings. It brings together a wealth of practical and regulatory guidance in a form that is easy to read and comprehensively illustrated. This fully revised and updated second edition is intended primarily for architects, builders, surveyors and others professionally involved in the process of loft conversion. The insights it provides are also invaluable to self-builders and to householders wishing to achieve a deeper understanding of what a loft conversion involves.

Pressure on space and changes in planning law mean that loft conversions are now at the forefront in the race to improve the performance of Britain's ageing housing stock. Since 1990, roof space conversions have increased UK housing capacity by more than 200 million square feet - a living area equivalent to a medium-sized city - without the loss of a single square foot of greenfield land. Loft Conversions is the definitive technical guide to the conversion of roof spaces in single family dwellings. It brings together a wealth of practical and regulatory guidance in a form that is easy to read and comprehensively illustrated. This fully revised and updated second edition is intended primarily for architects, builders, surveyors and others professionally involved in the process of loft conversion. The insights it provides are also invaluable to self-builders and to householders wishing to achieve a deeper understanding of what a loft conversion involves.

John Coutts was educated at the City of London School and Brasenose College, Oxford. An author and journalist, he has worked with the BBC and Reuters in the UK and Dow Jones in South East Asia. He writes extensively on construction matters and advises leading multinationals on communications strategies for major infrastructure projects.

Preface xiii Acknowledgements xiv 1 Planning and legal considerations 1 Permitted development 1 Permitted development law 1 Commentary on permitted development provisions England 4 Permitted development restrictions 10 Curtilage: raising party walls 10 Conservation areas 10 Article IV directions 11 Planning conditions affecting permitted development 11 Listed buildings 11 Other conditions affecting development 12 Restrictive covenants 12 Mortgage lenders 12 Buildings and contents insurance 12 Tree preservation orders 12 Bats 12 Lawful Development Certificate 13 Planning permission 13 Planning applications 13 Sources of planning guidance 15 Supplementary planning guidance 16 Supplementary planning documents 16 Design guides 16 Design codes 16 Local Development Framework 16 Unitary Development Plan 16 The Party Wall etc. Act 1996 16 Procedure 17 Disputes 18 2 The Building Regulations and building control 19 The Building Act 1984 19 The Building Regulations 19 Approved Document guidance 20 Compliance guides 21 Relationship between the Building Regulations and the Approved Documents 21 Building control 21 Local authority building control 22 Full plans 22 Building notice 24 Notification and inspection of work 25 Resolving Building Regulations disputes 26 Electronic building control applications 28 Approved inspector building control 28 3 External forms 30 Primary influences on form 30 Planning considerations 30 Pitch, plan and headroom 31 Stair access 31 Shallow-pitched roofs 31 Existing roof type 31 Conversion forms 33 Roof space only conversion 33 Box dormer conversion 33 Front box dormer conversion 34 Hip-to-gable conversion 34 Side dormer conversion 35 Full-width dormer with masonry flanks 35 Mansard conversion 36 Lean-to conversion 38 Half dormer 38 Existing attic rooms 38 Galleries and platforms 39 Traditional dormer forms 39 Gabled dormer 40 Hipped dormer 40 Flat dormer (small) 40 Cat slide dormer 42 Recessed dormer 42 Eyebrow dormer 42 Arched dormer 42 Segmental dormer 42 Pedimented dormer 42 Canted bay dormer 43 Design considerations 43 Fenestration 43 Roof detail 43 Vertical cladding and roofing materials 44 Chimney positions 45 Drainage 45 4 Fire safety 47 Regulatory framework 47 Main changes to Approved Document B (2006) 47 Fire resistance: basic requirements 49 Warning and escape 50 Floor height rules 51 Storey and floor numbering rules 51 Fire safety: common configurations floor not more than 4.5 m above lowest ground level 52 Means of warning 52 Means of escape 52 One floor more than 4.5 m above ground level 54 Means of warning 54 First floor fire resistance 54 New floor (conversion) 54 Escape windows 54 Means of escape 55 More than one floor over 4.5 m above ground level 59 Galleries 59 Elements and terminology 62 Access room 62 AFD 62 Air circulation systems 62 Alternative escape route 62 Automatic self-closing devices (self closers) 63 Balconies and flat roofs 63 Cavity barriers 63 Doors glazing in final exit 63 Emergency egress (escape) windows and external doors 64 Escape route 64 Final exit 64 Fire curtains 65 Fire detection and fire alarm systems 65 Fire doors 67 Fire stopping and the protection of openings 67 Habitable room 69 Inner room 69 Inner inner room 69 Loft conversion 69 Modified 30-minute protection 69 Open plan layouts 70 Passenger lifts 71 Sprinkler systems 71 Storey exit 71 Storey height measurement 71 Fire safety in context 72 5 Conversion survey 73 Survey procedure 73 Out

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