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Renovation and conversion books

While we try to be comprehensive in what we cover on the website, we don't (yet!!) cover everything, so here are a few books of further advice for you - or for presents for others.

PLEASE be aware that offer a wide range of books covering renovation and conversion HOWEVER, a number are US orientated and not suitable for UK use - we've tried to identify 'UK relevant' books, but we advise you to always check the reviews etc of particular books before ordering.

Renovating Old Houses

For those who love to live in old houses or want to invest in one, this completely revised and updated book levels no stone unturned. From evaluating a property to making foundation repairs to adding on a porch, it's a comprehensive guide to every aspect of making renovations and repairs--whether you already live in, or are contemplating buying, an older home.


Roof Construction and Loft Conversion

Full of detailed construction drawings, this book covers cut roofs, bolted truss roofs, trussed rafter roofs, trimmed openings and ventilation.

A major section deals with loft to attic room conversions, giving guidance on planning procedures, as well as dealing with structural matters and specifying conversion work.

The Fourth Edition features a new chapter covering the growing number of engineered timber components available in the house building industry. The use of I beams and roof cassettes is detailed for roof and room-in-the-roof construction. The text has been fully updated to current standards and features additional detailed construction drawings. The chapters on attic conversion and construction have been expanded and a new attic conversion decision flow chart added.

Loft Conversions: Planning, Managing and Completing Your Conversion

As the demand for living space increases, more and more people are looking to convert their lofts into an extra room. How can the best possible results be achieved? Can a competent DIY enthusiast complete all or part of the work successfully? And, if not, how best can the job be contracted out or overseen?

Loft Conversions answers all these questions, and more, with almost 300 full colour illustrations, step-by-step notes, tips and advice throughout. It is designed to assist anyone planning a loft conversion, and to ensure the project meets all the requirements of 'good building practice' and complies with building regulations.

Loft Conversions

Pressure on space and changes in planning law mean that loft conversions are now at the forefront in the race to improve the performance of Britain's ageing housing stock. Since 1990, roof space conversions have increased UK housing capacity by more than 200 million square feet – a living area equivalent to a medium–sized city – without the loss of a single square foot of greenfield land.

Loft Conversions is the definitive technical guide to the conversion of roof spaces in single family dwellings. It brings together a wealth of practical and regulatory guidance in a form that is easy to read and comprehensively illustrated. This fully revised and updated second edition is intended primarily for architects, builders, surveyors and others professionally involved in the process of loft conversion. The insights it provides are also invaluable to self–builders and to householders wishing to achieve a deeper understanding of what a loft conversion involves..

Eco-Refurbishment: A Practical Guide to Creating an Energy Efficient Home

This clear and accessible guide provides a comprehensive outline on how to convert your house into a more 'green' home. Buildings are the greates energy wasters and for those of us concerned about the environment, and household bills, this book presents the key design changes that we can implement to our own homes to remedy energy loss.

This title covers the full range of design changes that are available to the homeowner and designer for renovation, from the roof to the basement, from insulation to windows. It also feature a selection of case studies illustrating the experiences of other homeowners and designers and how they have adapted and used the technology available to them in creating an energy efficient home. This is a practical, hands-on guide, ideal for architects, designers and homeowners.

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