Loft Beams

Loft Beams

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Hi,

Over 10 years ago we moved some beams in the attic to create some floored space – based on a builders recommendation and confirmation that “it will be fine”. We have has another independent builder (neighbour) look at the beams and he has confirmed that they are fine – something to do with ratio of distance moved in height to inserted new beams. As you can tell, this is not my strong point.

We also added a staircase which we always knew and understood would have to be removed if we wanted to sell the house. We use the flooded attic pace to hold a whole host of random occasion household items – suitcases, Christmas tables, printers – really just items we use occasionally.

We now want to sell the house, so we know that the staircase will be need to be removed but I am very nervous that we don’t have any ‘permission’ and confirmation that the new beams are permissible and I really don’t want any problems when it comes to selling.

We have considered instructing a home report and waiting to see what is highlighted here – but before we do this (and potentially create a problem we don’t need to have) – is there any way to have these beams ‘approved’ – who would provide that kind of comfort and what would it look like. We have asked a number of builders and joiners and to be honest we get mixed messages.

Any help much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.

Christina

Question Posted By – Christina In Area – West Central Scotland
This question has been asked in a Scottish region any response below will be specific to Scottish Planning Permission or Building Regulation advice.

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