Firstly, I'm pleased to see that this forum is very active and in the short time I've been scanning through previous relevant threads I've learned so much already. I'm sure another few days of scrolling through previous threads will answer a lot of my queries (and in any event, I am seeking advice from professionals through site visits and speaking to the local building control), however I will be seeking advice/considerations through new questions here if I can't find what I'm looking for. I've not done this before and I am looking for a simple solution on a limited budget.
The project will be a loft conversion and replacement of the garage (which currently sits on a concrete car port) with a pre-fab insulated single storey extension, ideally built by the same builders/contractors. The extension is probably going to be some form of highly insulated pre-fab timber panels design with larch cladding and roof skylights. Given my limited time, a design and build specialist would be preferred.
So, I'll aim to post my various questions to the relevant forum, but in essence they will be: 1) car port: given that it is sealed and on a slope, how do I check the car port is sufficiently reinforced to accommodate the extension? (I suspect I'll be paying for a structural engineer to do a site check with test pits); 2) working on the basis that the car port is retained with the concrete slab used as the base, what additional foundations will be needed to support the pre-fab timber extension on top of the concrete slab; 3) timber cladding - all looks fairly straightforward, but curious about benefits (or not) of cladding existing gable end brick exterior. There are other 'wish list' plug-ins which will also feature in future questions if the budget suits, such as grey water system, solar panels to charge future electric car purchase (would be stored in drive).
I look forward to learning more here and hopefully pressing the button on this project in 2016...
Hello From Gloucestershire: Extension On Retained Car Port
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