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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd (21 May 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844254461
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844254460
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.8 x 27 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Publisher

Here you will find clear professional advice covering:-

* How to design your loft room * Does it need planning consent? * How to select the right contractors * Making structural alterations * Building dormers and installing roof windows * Scheduling the works to minimise disturbance * How to avoid cost overruns and delays *Saving money by employing specialist trades * Step-by-step roof window installation *Step-by-step insulation photo feature

PLUS - get started with free downloads from the book's website - sample plans & documents used by the professionals, span tables, help with the Party Wall Act, and the full Building Regulations.
This is, quite simply, the most comprehensive loft conversion guide available to the general public today - don't start work without it

About the Author

Ian Alistair Rock is an experienced chartered surveyor and author of best-selling Haynes Home Extension, Victorian House and 1930s House Manuals. Ian designed and built one of the loft conversion projects featured in this book. He is director of a chartered surveying consultancy and a well known speaker at property conferences around the country.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. D. J. Marsh on 8 April 2009
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If, like me, you are about to go down the route of pushing skywards with a loft conversion then you would be well advised to read this book.

Simply written with the 'lay person' in mind if covers all aspects of the loft conversion and gives helpful, up to date, advice whether you intend to get in a specialilst company to do all the work, get a part conversion carried out or intend to totally go it alone the book covers the many pitfalls along the way and taking the time to read this book could save you a lot of money in the course of the conversion. Definitely recommended!!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Firstdan on 24 April 2010
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As a qualified Building Surveyor, and someone who is about to embark on a loft conversion, I found this book to be invaluable, particularly with regards to the ways of how to comply with Part L of the Building Regulations regarding thermal insulation and the options on how to address this. The book is full of very helpful hints and suggestions with regards to dealing with many technical problems, but is not over complicated with jargon and will help to explain to most good DIY and others how to decide on your conversion, or even whether to do it at all!
It also deals very well indeed with the preliminary issues on dealing with the planning and building regulations, as well as how to go about actually getting the job done, choosing surveyors and building contractors.
The book met all my expectations and more, it is very well illustrated with lots of pictures, is hard backed and very good value for money. My only suggestion would be for the next edition is probably to uprate it slightly, and to include a bit more with regards to the technical issues and design, so that it will appeal to the more technically minded and perhaps loft conversion specialists and contractors.
Over all and excellent publication, which has not only saved me a lot of time, but has probably saved me hundreds of pounds on the cost of the work.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. R. Pleasant on 22 May 2009
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This book is excellent, a step by step guide to loft conversions. It may be a bit too easy for experts but we got it because we are not experts and it has filled in all the gaps in our knowledge, highly recommended.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By rhythmstick on 12 Feb. 2010
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I opted for this one because I thought, hey! they've got car manuals down to a tee.

Obviously the brief for this book was to cover as much ground as possible. From the survey, planning and building regs to completion. It goes into enough detail on floor/roof structure, windows, stairs, walls, electrics, plumbing & energy conservation that all the questions I had in my head were answered.

There are loads of photos and illustrations. Plenty of shots of work in progress which was exactly what I wanted. I also wanted an overview of timber strengths class, steels info, rules of conventional stairs (eg Pitch degree, min gap between balusters etc) eco specs, insulation options, planning requirements etc. I got what I wanted (feels strange)
I also got a lot of info that I didn't think I wanted. Like a chart showing how many energy efficient lights are needed for floor area.

For anyone with practical skills and common sense about to tackle their own loft conversion this book is a great investment.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By kris on 27 Jan. 2009
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I looked at several books on loft conversions and this one is one of the best books. It is the only one that really starts to deal with insulation. But it is unfortunately not complete and I would have liked more `good practice' on the subject. If you ask your builder to do exactly the same as in the pictures on page 197-201 and make sure he does it, you're OK - ish (read also the other pages!). A good place to look for good practice is on the planning portal of the government and look for the `accredited construction details'. There is a Scottish version too.
Don't trust your builder, even if he is (or pretends to be) a `specialist'. Ask lots of questions and keep asking and make sure you keep a close eye on the construction. In the vast majority of cases you need 2 layers of insulation: a lot of builders and architects get it wrong. I would certainly recommend this book over the other ones.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 26 Feb. 2014
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I read the comments about this book being no good if you wanted to do your own loft conversion.

I have found it very helpful, and whilst you might not to be able to do all the conversion yourself, you can do most of it. it was also helpful from the point of view of understanding what the builder was talking about - it stopped me being fooled by one cowboy builder , so that in itself was good money well spent in buying this guide.
we are now about to start the build and we are just using a good builder to help with the steels and to help us understand some of the plans. the total cost of a loft conversion in a bungalow with large double bedroom, a shower room and study and storage area will cost approx. £8,000 now instead of the £30,000 we had been quoted.

even if you only use this book for reference when dealing with a builder its invaluable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. Sheppard on 6 Feb. 2010
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A thourghly good reference guide on any loft project, it will not tell you how to fully do it yourself but very useful and full of great ideas and as a reference source. Fully recommend.
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I bought this together with the Haynes manual on extensions. It is a MUST-HAVE for anyone considering converting their loft. Everything is explained simply and clearly, from the first moment you decide you need to convert to the completion of the project and beyond. You are led through it stage by stage. Your attention is brought to any possible pitfalls, and more importantly how to avoid or overcome them. Technical terms and the use and purpose of materials are explained with the help of countless photos and illustrations. You will know exactly what your builders and tradesmen are doing and using at every stage, and how to ensure that the work meets the necessary regulations. Advice is given on making changes along the way, when and how to pay for work, and very importantly how to deal with mistakes, disagreements or poor workmanship.
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