Planning the build
Why build an extension?
Initial design sketches
On-line Building Regs
Meeting planners
 Meeting building control
 Planning the foundations
 Planning the floor slab
 Marking out the footings
 Damp proof course issues
 Possible drainage problems?

 Construction of the walls
 Proposed roof structure
Windows diary
 Window challenges
 Initial window plans
 Making the casements
 Making the frame
 Designing leaded lights
 Making leaded lights
 Assembling the window
 The little window

 The door frame
Demolition diary
 The demolition starts!
 The demolition continues
 Still more demolition

Foundations diary
 Foundation issues
 Drain issues
 Digging the foundations
 Rethinking foundations!
 Pouring the foundations

Floor slab diary
 Rethinking the slab!
 Floor vent extensions
 Preparing the slab #1
 Preparing the slab #2
 Pouring the slab

Walls diary
 Preparing to build walls
 Build up to the DPC
 Build the walls #1
 Build the walls #2
 The gas men cometh
 Build the walls #3
 Finishing the walls
Roof diary
 Roof structure build
 Tiling the roof
 Finishing the roof
 Finishing the gables
 Roof insulation

 Floor screed
 Shower room
 Shower room floors
 Shower room walls
 Utility room
 Utility room walls
 Utility room floor
 Finishing the windows

Project finished!
 Final inspection
 The certificate
 Final thoughts

 Twelve months on!
 Material costs
Sister sites
 House re-roof project
 Home gas usage data

 Stop paint flaking
 DIY secondary glazing


Planning and all that

In this day and age of the Internet, there is now a government initiative that is a so-called one-stop shop for planning and building services on-line. You can even make an on-line submission.

According to the site:

"The Planning Portal is the UK government's online planning and building regulations resource. Use this site to learn about planning and building regulations, apply for planning permission and building regulations consent, find out about development near you, appeal against a decision and research government policy."

This is a great resource for information, but personally, it would seem to me cannot replace face-to-face discussions with local planning and building control staff. But I guess it is not meant to replace this capability, rather augment it.

UK Building Regulations

There seem to be several companies selling copies of the UK Building Regulations on a CD or are downloadable.

I have no idea whether these are worth the money or have extra content, but all the Building Regulations are downloadable on the Government's Planning portal free of charge. The two most relevant (I think) are Documents A and C.

All the documents can be downloaded from here and a quick scan shows drawings for foundations, slabs etc.

More information about changes to planning can be found in my new 2012 web site.

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