Dated to Contemporary, House Rebuild, AfterContemporary House Exterior, Hertfordshire

The clients had lived at this property for over 30 years and decided it was time to modernise it before they sold it. The house was completely renovated and refurbished both externally and inside and a loft conversion was added.

Contemporary house exterior in Hertfordshire. —  Houzz
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Sophie Baylis added this to Ask an Expert: Renovate or Rip Down and Rebuild?28 May 2017

What about building regulations?Building regulations set minimum standards for the design and construction of buildings to ensure the safety and health for people in or about those buildings. “The exact rules vary across the UK, with England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland having different interpretations, so once you know what you’re planning to do then you need to contact your local building control team to ensure that you and your building team are planning to carry out the works correctly, and to arrange for your works to be inspected as it progresses,” says Bryden. Meeting the requirements of the building regulations is the responsibility of the person carrying out the building work and, if they are not the same person, the owner of the building. For more information check out the government’s planning portal. “There is a vast amount of detail covering all aspects of the building from fire safety – like fitting heat sensors, smoke alarms and fire doors – through to energy efficiency norms for walls, roofs and glazing to drainage and ventilation,” says Wielgus.Would you ever build your own house – or do you have experience of this kind of project? Tell us all about it in the Comments below.

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