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.
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
Building an extension for the first time? Then read our ultimate guide to planning and building the best space for your budget
Knocking down internal walls can help you reconfigure your home’s layout and create larger, open plan spaces. We break down the process, costs and everything else you need to know
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.
Loft conversion costs can vary quite drastically thanks to numerous key factors. Make sure you keep them in mind when planning your project
A building survey offers a professional assessment of a property’s condition, ensuring you make an informed decision when buying a renovation project. 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
Building Regulations are often needed whether you have applied for planning permission or not. Our guide explains what to do
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
Whether concrete or stone and wood laid over earth, old solid floors can be subject to a number of ailments
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