Loft conversions can be an exciting project, and they are the perfect place to unleash your creativity and design an impressive space. However, before you start your exciting project of converting your loft, there are regulations that need to be considered, particularly ones that involve with loft conversion party walls.
What are loft conversion party walls?
Party walls are the walls that you share with your neighbours. You will have a party wall if you live in a semi-detached or terraced house, it is a common wall that is shared with two adjoining rooms or building. If you attempt to undertake structural work on a party wall, then you will need to have a Party Wall Agreement, so that all owners of the party wall agree to the work that is undertaken. Party Wall Agreements are different from planning permission or building regulations approval, but all three will apply for your loft conversion.
What Is A Party Wall Agreement?
A Loft Conversion party wall Agreement is a document that is produced by adjoining wall owners also called Party Wall owners. A Party Wall Agreement is needed to carry out particular work such as to;
- Raise the height or increase the thickness of the party wall
- Demolish and rebuild a party wall
- Protect two adjoining walls
- Underpin the whole thickness of a party wall
- Insert a damp proof course throughout the wall.
For a loft conversion in Manchester, you are likely to need to cut into the party wall to take the bearing of a beam, which also needs to have a Party Wall Agreement.
Before the agreement takes place, you must give notice of your intentions to all owners of the adjoining walls.