If I buy a two-storey stone house which needs the wooden floors,
staircase, upstairs floors/joists all removed (so basically left with
four external walls, internal stone walls, and a roof), would an
architect be required in order to replace all floor joists and wooden
floors (upstairs & down), and replace staircase?
Or could you I to the builders I want everything stripped out, but
simply rebuilt in the same current layout with new materials? Or would
architect plans be required?
An architect farms out the calculations of loading etc to a structural
engineer, who will provide drawings of the relevant bits. However, if
you're gutting the house, an good architect might well be able to improve
on the original layout.
*The hardness of the butter is proportional to the softness of the bread *
Dave Plowman firstname.lastname@example.org London SW 12
A good structural engineer will often do as good a job as
an architect. I used one for my current house. He also
supervised the work and approved staged payments. Well worth the modest
amount I paid him.
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