Business owner JJ Heath-Caldwell recalls his experience of getting Building Regulations signed-off for his two-storey extension and loft conversion featuring a home office, en suite bedroom, small study & library
Compliance can seem like a tick-box exercise, something JJ is all too aware after the foundations to his two-storey extension were laid without the building control inspector on site to check the work.
“When the inspector turned up a few weeks later, he insisted we knock a hole in the middle of the floor, so he could check it,” said JJ, adding it may have been miscommunication why he wasn’t there on the day the foundations were concreted.
“This seemed daft to me. I had taken lots of photographs, documenting every stage, and it was easy to see that all the steps had been taken correctly. In addition, we were building on chalk and there would never be any risk of flooding.
“In the end, the only way to resolve it was for one of the builders to spend an afternoon breaking out a section of 30cm by 30cm in the middle of my new concrete floor. The inspector turned up, peered into the hole, gave his approval and ticked it off his list. The builder then filled the hole up with new cement and levelled it off.”
Inspectors make several site visits to check home extensions meet Building Regulations. These are statutory national standards aimed at ensuring the health and safely of people in and around the buildings. It’s a legal requirement to notify them of key stages, such as excavation and concreting of foundations.
“Compliance with building regulations is a legal requirement, “said JJ. It’s also common sense as the regulations are there to make sure your builder gets the job right.
“The building needs to be safe and it needs to be structurally sound, so it won’t start to fall down. The responsibility for checking building regulations are met falls to either a council building control service or an approved inspector. In my case, I decided to use the inspector from the council.”
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