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Structural essentials: Loft floors & insulation

Get the key construction details right, and you’ll be on the straight and narrow road to a successful attic conversion
Batt insulation has been fitted between the rafters as part of this project. To meet Building Regulations, a further layer will usually need to be added below

Whether your project needs full planning permission or not, if you’re creating habitable space then you’ll need to gain building control approval for the works. This will include areas such as structural safety, thermal performance, sound insulation and fire protection and emergency egress. Here’s what you need to know.

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Build It is Britain’s longest running self build magazine. Each issue is packed full of inspirational and informative readers’ homes, as well as expert advice on issues from budgets and planning to project management and design. This month: - Beginners guide to extensions - Energy efficient masonry - Renovating a Victorian house - How to maximise your self build budget - Dealing with planning conditions