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August 21, 2017

How to Go About Transforming your Property

Remodelling a property is a complex process, and it’s important you bring in the right people for the job if you’re going to make a success of it.

More and more of us are choosing to remodel and renovate properties to transform them into our dream homes. While the end result is a beautiful space that you can enjoy for many years to come, getting there can be a long and arduous process! If you’re looking to undertake extensive building work on your property, what steps do you need to take to ensure that it goes smoothly? Well, getting in touch with an experienced structural engineering firm should be your first move before you start any work on your very own Grand Designs project.

Read up on the rules

Before you start any work, you need to make sure that you’re complying with all the relevant rules and regulations. While some projects can be undertaken with no permission from the authorities, large extensions, basements or other drastic changes to your property will need to be approved before work can commence. If you have any doubts, always seek the appropriate advice before you begin. Seeking permission or clarity may hold work up for a few days or weeks, but it’s nothing compared to the ramifications you could face if you carry out work that you’re not meant to.

Structural engineers

Once you’ve got the go ahead for your building work, it’s time to think about how it’s all going to come together. This is where a structural engineer comes in. If you’re drastically altering the size or shape of your property, then a qualified structural engineer is going to be an essential part of your construction team. They’ll be able to come up with the relevant designs and calculations to ensure that the plan you have in place for your build will result in a finished project that is structurally sound. This is something that you simply can’t afford to cut corners on.

Temporary works design

Next, you should look at hiring a team who can put together a temporary works design scheme for your contractor – whether your project is above ground or subterranean. But what are temporary works?

Put simply, this term incorporates things like access scaffolds, props, shoring or excavation support – which are then removed when work is completed. Your structural engineering team will be able to ensure the same degree of care and attention is given to the design and construction of temporary works as to the design and construction of the rest of the project. When you work with the right specialists, you’ll be left with temporary works that that meet your contractor’s requirements yet still tick all the boxes when it comes to the relevant safety standards.

Enjoy a property that’s perfect for you

When it comes to creating your dream home, the only limit is the power of your own imagination! Once you’ve come up with the vision, it’s important that you bring in the professionals to ensure that your project goes ahead safely and smoothly. Whether you’re creating a subterranean haven in a sprawling basement or you’re maximising the space you have above ground with a huge new extension, a structural engineer will ensure that your structures still standing in many years to come. Don’t be tempted to try and do it all yourself – not when the future of your property depends on it!

Talk to us today to find out we can help with all aspects of your property transformation.