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loft conversion - do we need an architect?

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ssss123 Sat 20-Jun-15 10:00:31

We live in a very standard 3 bed semi and are looking to get a loft extension (bedroom, en suite and a bit of eves storage). Would people recommend getting an architect to draw plans or is it a bit unnecessary.

Thanks in advance.

OnePlanOnHouzz Sat 20-Jun-15 13:22:58

Depends on the impact it makes in the rest of the home - and in Scotland things are different to rest of UK . At least go to your council and discuss your Ideas with someone first ...

GinandJag Sun 21-Jun-15 16:50:19

We had an architect for our loft conversion. The building contractor arranged him. The architect did all the paperwork for the buildings regs.

SqueezyCheeseWeasel Sun 21-Jun-15 16:54:22

An architect may be able to get the best out of the space.

I would say a structural engineer would be useful if you are adjusting roof structure (supporting timbers etc) but a loft conversion company may well be just fine if you are doing a basic conversion.

newstart15 Sun 21-Jun-15 19:35:09

You could submit plans yourself if your neighbours have done something similar however loft conversions do require structural work so a structural engineer is required as well as building regs (assuming you want more than just a loft room which isn't counted as proper room).

Architects will organise this for you - you could use an architect's technician who tends to be less expensive. We did a large loft conversion and detailed structural plans were needed as was someone to discuss 'challenges' with the builder. Builders build to detailed plans - steels, stairs, dormers sizes, floor strengtheners are designed by an architect or structural engineer.

superram Sun 21-Jun-15 21:18:31

We just had a structural engineer as was straightforward. You can't do it all yourself as you have to work out the calculations for steels, etc.

ssss123 Mon 22-Jun-15 17:52:19

Thanks all. really helpful.

ipadmad Tue 23-Jun-15 22:24:10

Yes, i would

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