Chartered surveyor Ian is the author of eight popular Haynes House Manuals and is a director of Rightsurvey.co.uk. He is also in the process of adding a large extension to his home.
Building an extension is all about creating the space you crave. Read all you need to know about costs, planning and who to have on your team in our beginner’s guide
Building Regulations are a core proponent of your project, ensuring your home is safe, but also meeting requirements for higher standards of living
Knocking down internal walls is the best way to reconfigure and open up your interior spaces — our expert guide explains how to do it safely
Requiring a build over agreement may throw a spanner in the works of your extension project — but what exactly is one?
Converting your loft can often be incredibly cost-effective but there's lot to consider to do it well. Find out if your loft is the perfect place to add more space with our expert advice
A building survey will help you make an informed decision when purchasing a new home. From the types available to costs and how to find a surveyor, find out more with this useful guide
Extending over a garage may not be as simple as it sounds, says chartered surveyor Ian Rock. The existing foundations and walls need careful consideration before work begins
Our quick guide to building regulations for extensions breaks down the key sections you need to know and how to navigate regulation documents in England, Wales and Scotland
If you are wondering what underpinning costs, we have the answers — plus a guide to all the possible causes of subsidence
Opening up a fireplace can often be a job undertaken on a DIY basis by renovators — and it is certainly one well worth doing. Our guide will take you through the process
Your loft conversion stairs need to look good as well as comply with Building Regulations. Here’s what you should consider in order to get the design spot on
If you find yourself asking if your loft is suitable for conversion then make sure you put your mind at rest and consider these key factors before calling in the builders
While asbestos roof tiles are potentially dangerous, they may not pose an immediate threat. Find out how to correctly identify and safely dispose of them with this expert guide
Hip to gable loft conversions help properties with space-inhibiting hipped roofs add extra room for new loft accommodation. Here’s what you need to know.
Bungalow loft conversions are a brilliant way to add lots of space at an affordable price. Here’s what you need to know
Get your Party Wall Agreement in place, and your project underway with our complete guide to everything you need to do
The Party Wall Act is crucial if you’re planning work that will affect a shared wall between you and your neighbours. Here’s what you need to know
When it comes to floor screed, liquid options are shaking up the normally sedate screed world. Ian Rock explains why
Paying close attention to the structure, insulation and coverings of flat roof extensions is key to building a low-maintenance, leak-free and durable roof, says chartered surveyor Ian Rock
A guide to converting a loft with a difficult roof construction. Includes advice on headroom, trussed rafters, telescopic joists, building regulations and more
Unstable ground? Clay soil? Trees? Sloping land? ‘Difficult’ sites can quickly become expensive to build on. Surveyor Ian Rock provides solutions for even the most problematic of plots
Not only can injected damp treatments be a waste of money, they can also do untold damage when applied to homes that don’t need them
We often adopt an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach when it comes to our chimneys, but restoring neglected stacks is money well spent, says chartered surveyor Ian Rock
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