What Are Structural Calculations?
For the past decade, the number of homeowners choosing to improve their home rather than to move home has increased from 3% to 15%. For most homeowners, choosing to improve their homes with building extensions and loft conversions is a way to maximise their living space, while improving their home environment and actively avoiding the upheaval of moving home and the extra costs of doing so, such as stamp duty and moving fees.
By taking on a home improvement project, homeowners give themselves the chance to save money while increasing the level of equity held in their home. But this will only work by investing in the right home improvements and making sure the work they undertake is structurally safe and of high-quality.
This means they need to ensure they hire the right structural engineers and construction company to carry out the project planning and the work. This all starts with engaging a qualified and experienced structural engineer to complete all the structural calculations needed.
Structural calculations explained
Making structural calculations is a way to look at every aspect of the construction project in fine detail. They are used to calculate all the resources you will need and to calculate in all the potential costs you will come across while carrying out your building project.
Structural calculations are also used to highlight any risks that may affect the project and covers everything from the foundations of your building up to the rafters. These calculations form the basis of your structural calculation report.
The person responsible for drawing up the structural calculation report will be the structural engineer you hire for the job, such as GL Design Services Ltd. This report is a required part of your project to comply with current building regulations. Your structural calculations report will give you the evidence you need to prove your building project is structurally safe and fit for purpose.
Your report will also be used as a guide for your construction team to help them identify risks and avoid any potential issues developing during the build.
How structural calculations are applied
Let’s say for example that you want to add a kitchen extension to your home, but your plans involve removing a wall to open up the available space. Your construction team can check the report to quickly see if the wall is load-bearing, and if it’s not, they will know it is safe to go ahead with the wall removal.
However, if the wall is load-bearing, then more work will be needed to make it safe, which will be more expensive and will increase your building quote from them. Having a structural calculation report to hand will help you to save a lot of time, money and any confusion when it comes to raising quotes or buying in materials for your building project.
While it isn’t necessary to have structural calculations for every home improvement project, some jobs absolutely do need them! For any homeowner planning on any major home improvements, it is their responsibility to ensure that a structural engineer, such as GL Design Services Ltd. Completes any structural calculations before the work begins.
You will certainly need a structural calculation report if you plan to remove a load-bearing wall or an old chimney breast from your home.
Do not hesitate to get in touch with our team at GL Design Services Ltd. If you need more information about our structural calculation report services.