Structural alterations refer to any kind of major change to the structure of a building, usually for a different use. This includes tearing down walls and floors and rebuilding them, or adding more rooms to a building.
The most frequent kind of alteration consists in increasing the space available in a building where additional rooms are then built as if they were a building of their own standing right next to the existing building. The two buildings are usually linked by hallways, or the wall standing between the two buildings can be tore down to create a large room, or a door can be added in between. If the building is built on more than one floor, the additional space can be built on one floor only or on several floors that will match the height of the existing floors to allow for a connection.
If there is no need for additional rooms, work may include tearing down ceilings or walls inside of a building. For instance, classrooms can be created by merging two smaller rooms together. If more habitable space is needed, walls are usually built. For instance, an attic can be partitioned into several rooms and used as an additional floor. If you are going to tear down walls and rebuild them, the possibilities are limitless: remember to design your house or building that will be convenient for its intended use.
No matter what kind of alteration you need to do, you will need to obtain proper authorizations from building control. Keep in mind that these alterations are not limited to building or tearing down walls: they may include building appropriate electric, plumbing and heating systems for the new rooms, while respecting safety measures.
Before starting the work, you should hire a professional architect and builder such as 5KC that will come up with several solutions to change the building. You can them establish a budget for each of these solutions and choose the best one in function of cost and functionality.
You should then hire a team of professionals that will map out the building and come up with a precise plan of action. Things should be done in a precise order to avoid issues. Working with professionals guarantees you to alter your building in a way that fits safety guidelines and regulations. Their experience will also reduce the risks of committing mistakes.
Contact 5KC today for any change to your home you are thinking of making and we will be pleased to assist. Remember that we take care of the complete project from design to completion and arrange all plans and building control applications ETC. Call us on 0151 736 0072