Chartered surveyor Ian is the author of eight popular Haynes House Manuals and is a director of Rightsurvey.co.uk (opens in new tab). He is also in the process of adding a large extension to his home.
Building an extension is a journey. Here's how to navigate your way through plans, costs, trades and more with our helpful beginner's guide
Building Regulations are a set of standards designed to ensure the health, safety and higher standards of living for housing. Here's what you need to know about them when building in 2022
Getting loft conversion stairs right can make or break your project. From getting the design right to ensuring it complies with regulations, here's what you need to know
Knocking down internal walls will create a larger, light-filled space, but how easy is it? This guide has advice, tips and a practical how-to guide
Bungalow loft conversions are a cost-effective way to add lots of extra space to single storey properties. Our guide explains how
Get to grips with the types of floor screed available, both old school and modern, to see which is right for your build project
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
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.
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
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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