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Loft Conversion without building regs.

Hello, we're potentially looking to purchase a 3 bed house with a loft conversion (doesn't comply with building regs, and didn't at the time of building). It's been done to what I think seems a good standard and does have a proper staircase up to the room. If we bought the house we'd want to change into a proper 4th bedroom ensuring it meets all legislation criteria. What usual costs are involved and should we get a survey done before putting in an offer or is this part of the usual survey process once an offer has been accepted (subject to contract etc.)? The house next door also has a loft conversion, but you can tell from the outside it has been done to a much higher standard. Any advice would be much appreciated.

Asked on Apr 19 2013, Home Improvement in Birkenhead | Report content

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  • If you really want the property, I would advise you to get a serious discount on price, get a good survey done on the property, and most of all get the sellers to pay for an 'indemnity policy' which will cover you should there be problems further down the line.

    Answered on Apr 21 2013, Report content
  • To adopt a loft as a bedroom there is a minefield of building regs to go through. For example, fire doors, roof strengthening, underfloor strengthening, if the existing installation is laid on the existing ceiling joists from down below you won't be able to convert it to a 4th bedroom without taking out the floor and installing oversized joists to take the strain off the downstairs ceiling. Some LA's also want steel RSJ's sited under the party walls. It really can be a minefield, seek professional advice and ask your LA for guidance too!

    Answered on May 11 2014, Report content

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