The procedures, the problems and pitfalls of extending or altering property are discussed in this fully updated new edition. The author gives helpful advice on how to make the project go smoothly from beginning to end. This is a practical guide for those at the beginning of their career in building, or who want to be updated on the new regulations now in force.

This new edition incorporates the 2005 Amendments to Approved Document L1B on the conservation of fuel and power. Developments in Computer Aided Design and structural calculations are also discussed. It is invaluable to all those who are trying to act efficiently, correctly and cost-effectively.

part |2 pages

Part One: Introduction

chapter 1|6 pages

A general guide to drawing the plan

chapter 2|2 pages

The need for control

chapter 3|2 pages

Planning and building control

part |2 pages

Part Two: Householder Developments

part |2 pages

Part Three: More on Building Control

chapter 9|6 pages

More on building control

chapter 10|2 pages

Is building control approval required?

chapter 11|10 pages

Making the building control submission

part |2 pages

Part Four: Building Construction

chapter 12|14 pages

General information

chapter 13|8 pages

The foundations

chapter 14|10 pages

The external walls

chapter 15|4 pages

The internal walls

chapter 16|6 pages

Ground floors

chapter 17|6 pages

Timber upper floors

chapter 18|6 pages

Flat roofs

chapter 19|18 pages

Pitched roofs

chapter 20|2 pages

Finishes etc.

chapter 21|2 pages


chapter 22|4 pages


chapter 24|4 pages

Other building control aspects

part |2 pages

Part Five: Mainly for Consultants/Conclusion

chapter 25|2 pages

Preparing to meet the client

chapter 26|8 pages

Meeting the client

chapter 27|2 pages