Im looking to convert my loft. Mainly for heavy storage, mostly books, so i will need to strengthen the joists (this much i do know). It will need velux windows, elec, flooring, plastering etc. but no staircase.
Because there are no changes to the outside of the house (and no staircase, only ladders ) i understand that i dont need planning permission but i also understand that there are regulations to meet still.
I want to make sure that i meet all of these regulations so should i hire a structual engineer, surveyer, council? I know people may suggest a builder will know what hes doing but for my own piece of mind i would like to know myself (maybe im just a control freak :-), plus i'll know which jobs i can handle and which to hire the relevant tradesman for.
Also will the job have to be signed off i.e. by a bloke from the council with a clipboard or something? This wouldnt be a bad thing because if i sell the house i will have a piece of paper saying that the job was done right.
I apolgies for my naivity and lack of knowledge but i would appreciate any help,