Structural design requirements
When considering the creation of an open plan layout, this will require a structural design in order to support the walls above. Thought also needs to be given on how to achieve a cost-effective design that maximises your available space.
Knocking down internal walls takes a great deal of planning and forethought. However, the effort is worth it as it is a good way of opening up old-fashioned traditional layouts. Modern living is more suited to large open spaces and by
working with the experienced designers at CR Design Services, we can advise on what needs to be done in order to keep the property structurally sound. If your home is an old one with lots of period character, this can be retained; you don’t
need to sacrifice it in order to have an open plan layout.
Knocking down your internal walls may sound like fun but what about planning permission? Normally this is not required as removing walls inside the property falls under the remit of ‘permitted developments’. However, if you are worried about
this, as your chosen designer, we can check with the local planning department. If your home is a listed building, the rules change and planning will be required for all types of internal remodelling. Building Regulations will also apply and
we can help prepare the Building Regulation package. Once the work is finished, Building Control will inspect the work. Once they are happy with it, they will issue a certificate of compliance.
Loadbearing internal walls
The important thing to ascertain before knocking down walls is: ‘Are they loadbearing or not?’ Never take a chance and always consult a structural engineer or builder before work begins. Where walls are load bearing, a beam or similar
supporting structure will need to be installed underneath to take the weight. If your home is terraced or semi-detached and party walls are involved, it is advisable to speak with a Party Wall Surveyor in order to ensure things are done right
and compliant with the relevant legislation.
In really old houses, some party walls are only one brick thick and may not support any extra loading. If this occurs, new brick piers can be built, of even steel columns, to support new beams. Small foundations may need to be excavated
internally which can add to the cost of the work. Some disruption may be required but the end result will be well worth it.
We can help you plan and design your next project. We prepare planning application drawings, building control packages, and structural design calculations for all types of house extension, renovation and self-build projects. Contact us today
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