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Thomas Penfold

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If you're interested in structural engineering services, I would be happy to discuss your requirements with you.

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8 hires on Bark
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Before the project can start in earnest, the walls and roof must be made sound and watertight. Some trail hole may be important to establish the substructure and weather this may need any improvements. Most of the work will take place inside the existing garage.

The first job will be stripping out the main structure, at which point you’ll get the clearest visability of the structure below and problems (such as patchy foundations or hidden issues in the walls). The existing concrete floor might well be strong enough to cope with general domestic use. However, it may need to be levelled (consider a self-levelling liquid screed), damp-proofed with a suitable membrane (lapping into the walls’ DPC) and insulated to achieve adequate thermal performance. Garage floors tend to be lower than those in the main house, so it may be possible to incorporate all of this and still achieve a step-free threshold between the two zones. The most common route is to replace the main garage door with conventional walling matching the rest of the building, such as a masonry infill fully toothed and bonded into the existing brickwork. Integrated garages are usually built to the same standard as the main house, so the walls may not need upgrading. Attached or detached garages of single-skin construction can be insulated internally; usually by erecting stud walling using timbers deep enough to accept sufficient insulation (plus an air gap). The simplest way to insulate a garage roof is at loft level. With a pitched covering, 270mm of mineral wool should be sufficient.

Most houses will come with an allowance for permitted development, which means that you can go ahead with your conversion without planning permission. However, if you live in a conservation area, or if, for example, your roof space isn't tall enough, it may be more complicated. Ideally the angle of the roof will be greater than 30 degrees. In order for your proposed loft conversion to pass building regulations, it must measure 2.2 metres

inspection of roof space, An specialist confirms suitability, Plans are made, scaffolding goes up, the loft is cleared, rewiring is assessed, loft floor insulation, floorboards are laid, rafters reinforced if required, dormer installation, rooflight installation, staircase installation, dormers tiled and vents fitted, windows fitted with dormers, roof insulation, partition walls erected, wall plates and first fix, electrics upgrade, access to panels for water, eaves storage, walls are plasterboarded and skirting fitted, the bathroom clad and extraction is then fitted, second fix, finishes and heating carried out, decorating

Helping cusotmer achieve what they have set out to achieve. Every project is different and there is always learning adapting to be done.

Being my own boss and being able to focus on the clients every need to give a real aprochable and personal service.

Because they want to and they have the confidence in me that i can help them achieve what they are trying to achieve

Yes site visit may be done remotely via a video call if prefered. I have can lias with contactors and stakeholder alike where neccessary.

Face mask, hand sanitsiasion, gloves, and following the lastest guidance

Services

a. Initial site visit to confirm whether the wall(s) you would like to remove is load bearing and collect all the necessary information for our structural design.
b. Structural design of the elements required for the proposed works.
c. Marked up drawings to show the existing and proposed structural arrangement at the area of the proposed works.

calculations and drawings will be suitable for submission to the local authority for approval and for a builder to carry out the work.

a. Initial site visit to confirm structural configuration and collect all the necessary information for our structural design.
b. Structural design of the elements required for the proposed works. All timber and steel elements and specification of floor.
c. Marked up drawings to show the existing and proposed structural arrangement at the area of the proposed works.

The calculations and drawings will be suitable for submission to the local authority for approval and for a builder to carry out the work.

a. Initial site visit to confirm design requirements.

b. Design of all the structural elements required for the works at the above property (rear and side extension and internal alterations):
• All necessary timber elements (roof rafters, trimmers, floor joists etc.).
• All necessary steel beams and posts, and their supports.
• Trench fill foundations as required.
• All walls and lintels.

c. CAD drawings:
• Ground floor, First floor and roof structural general arrangement drawings showing the proposed supporting structure.
• Steel connection details where necessary (beam to post etc.)
• Typical construction details (section through foundations, bridging over drainage pipes etc.)

a. Single site visit to carry out a visual structural inspection of the the area or property.

b. Preparation of a structural survey report to describe our findings and propose any necessary remedial works.

Please note that the design of any structural elements required may be an additional item to this quote.