I was under the impression that the Party Wall Act was a toothless tiger
and, in any case, didn't affect what you could build, just the way that you
inform your neighbours.
I've still seen nothing to suggest that I need planning permission at all.
The proposed conservatory is well within the requirements of my available
permitted development rights and would be so even if made of brick as a
proper habitable room, as I understand it.
Because I can build one for 4,000 quid myself or pay some scrote with only a
mobile phone number 15,000 to do it for me. This is uk.d-i-y you know!
The only things left for me to find out are:
a) What's the definitive answer to the building regulations question? (i.e.
does it need approval, what are the rules applicable).
b) How should I construct the floor/foundations and attach the conservatory
I've just looked again and I have about 30cm available for a concrete floor,
Jablite and DPM, which I hope is enough.
My guess at the moment is that you construct a concrete floor, with DPM
right to the edge, about 20cm above ground level and just attach the wood
frame to the concrete. Any problems with this? Would a suspended wooden
floor be better?
From the chaotic regions of the Cryptosphere, "Christian McArdle"
A "conservatory" is exempt from the Building Regulations (in England &
Wales) if it meets the following criteria:
1. It is less than 30mē floor area,
2. It is built at ground level (ie, not with an undercroft or on a
3. It is an _addition_ to a dwelling, with external quality doors
between it and the house,
4. The roof is transparent or translucent,
5. Any heating should be controlled separately from the remainder of
the house (ie, TRV's on any radiator),
6. It should not contain any controlled services or fittings (any
drainage or heat-producing appliances), and
7. The glazing should comply with the requirements for safety glazing.
"You know, I'd rather see this on TV,
Any building stands or falls according to its foundations. But why are
you considereing a slab for what is only going to be a lean to? Get a
bore hole auger from a toolhire shop. If the ground is suitable they
work fine if not hard luck. Test it and see. What would it cost to
hire one for a day? a few quid.
Now you can pour concrete piles or sink bitumin treated wooden ones.
If you buy them long enough they will make the sides of your dining
room. Put them in a window wide apart or whatever and there you are
-built in the time it takes to lay the concrete.
"Hugo Nebula" wrote
| >Hmm. I'd be tempted to see if a hired concrete mixer would be
| >gettable in through the house, and then just get bags of sand,
| >cement, and ballast and do it the hard way.
| What about a pump over the top of the house. May be a bit
| expensive for a conservatory, though.
How heavy's a little mixer? Would it be hot-air-balloon-able over the house?
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