December 17, 2018

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Will I need a structural engineer?

 
 
If you’re planning a home renovation project then you may need a structural engineer. A structural engineer specialises in building structures and will help to plan and assess the viability of your building work. They’ll provide calculations and building specifications together with suggestions for the best materials for the job.
 
 
When do I need a structural engineer?
 
 
If you’re carrying out any renovations or building work that can affect the stability of your property, you’ll need a structural engineer. They’ll work with your builder and architect to create the structural drawings necessary for planning permission and demonstrate that the project complies with building regulations.
 
A structural engineer can also provide a structural property survey to assess whether a building has subsidence or other issues. If a boundary dispute exists with a neighbour, a structural engineer can offer impartial advice to help resolve the problem.
 
 
Improvements that should be checked by a structural engineer
 
 
As a general rule, if you’re changing the structure of a building and need Building Regulations approval, you’ll need the technical information that only a structural engineer can provide. If you’re planning any of the following home improvements, you should consult a structural engineer before going ahead with the work:
 
 
- Removing internal walls
 
- Loft conversions
 
- Extensions
 
- Modifying doors and windows
 
- Fitting solar panels
 
- Underpinning
 
 
Ask the experts
 
 
When you’re planning to alter the structure of your property, you need professional help. You may need to conform with Building Regulations and if you’re planning changes to the exterior, you’ll need planning permission. That’s when a structural engineer acting as part of a team can help.
 
At South East Builders, we can provide a comprehensive building service that covers the full spectrum of your project. We can provide the services of a structural engineer and architect, in addition to providing planning and construction services. Please contact us today to arrange your free consultation and kickstart your project.
 
 

020 3732 4509

Or email: enquires@sebuild.co.uk