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Old 05-11-2015, 07:09 PM   #1
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Attic conversion


Hi,

I have just bought a 3 bed 1971 house in the UK, and have been given a green-light to convert the attic. I want a home cinema, simple.

I have been reading around, and have a general idea, but there are still holes in my knowledge, that I am hoping to fill here:

i) How can I tell if any wall is load bearing
ii) How can I tell if the attic floor joints need reinforcing
iii) Is planning permission only required if the house is to be sold
iv) The house has soffits, but I am unsure how to deal with those; obviously the room I want needs to be weather proof, so is it correct to say I want to move the cold-room attic to a cold-roof equivalent

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-12-2015, 07:23 AM   #2
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I have found an answer regarding joists.

www home-extension co uk / tech2 html

(forgive the spacing, I've not yet posted enough for URLs)
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Old 05-13-2015, 07:55 AM   #3
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I'm in NJ, USA, and once I apply for a permit to build/add/make changes to a house, I am bound to finish according to the plan. If I sell the house, there is a process of inspection (called certificate of continuing occupancy) that is not related to a final building inspection. Permit to build will not allow you to sell.

Other questions, google your questions and you should get some idea what to look for. You should at least know what your foundation is and what kinds of material your house is built with.
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