Hi, and welcome to the first of a 5 part series about the building regulations.

Specifically, the building regulations and how they relate to extending your home.

Once you’ve got planning permission, and you’re beginning to think more seriously about getting your extension built, you’re going to have to consider the building regulations, and how they are going to apply to your situation.

There is, I think a general feeling throughout the construction industry, that the building regulations are a bit of a pain. That perhaps they are so stringent that complying with them is a bit onerous. I must admit, that on occasion, during my career, I’ve felt a bit like that too.

However, it’s worth remembering that the Building Regulations are in place for your benefit. The purpose of the building regulations is to ensure that buildings are built to a decent standard. When your extension is finished, you don’t want it to leak, you don’t want it to cost a fortune to heat, you don’t want it to be wired dangerously, and most importantly, you don’t want it to fall down!

What are the Building Regulations?

The Building Regulations are a set of targets and standards that virtually all building work must comply with. Put simply, they’re the rules that building work should meet.

Along with the Regulations themselves, the government also produce the “Approved Documents” which while not necessarily detailing the only way to comply with the Regulations, contain practical examples and advice on how to meet the required standard.

We’ll look at what they are in Part 2.

I genuinely hope this was useful to you, and do get in touch if we can help!