Surrey, nestled in the southeast of England, embodies a quintessential blend of pastoral charm and urban sophistication.
This historic county, bordered by Greater London to the north, is a verdant expanse adorned with rolling hills, ancient woodlands, and meandering rivers. Its picturesque countryside, dotted with quintessential villages and stately homes, exudes an idyllic tranquility.
Guildford and Woking are the two main town centres, both lively and amazing transport links to the city of London, is a popular location for both urban professionals and nature enthusiasts alike.
Surrey residents are maximising their living spaces by undertaking extensions and loft conversions, which topped the list of most popular projects in recent years. Homeowners enhancing their property's square footage must be considerate on how their project will affect neighbouring properties.
With Surrey's picturesque landscapes, it is of no surprise that outdoor living spaces are gaining popularity. From garden rooms to elaborate outdoor kitchens, homeowners are seeing to create a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor living. There is a 3-meter and 6-meter rule for excavation work in the Party Wall etc. Act 1996 and if the works fall within these criteria, you must notify your neighbour about the project even for proposed works on detached properties.
Homeowners looking to freshen up their living space but not looking to move house may opt for internal changes to their property. By rearranging the layout of the rooms in an existing house can greatly alter the flow of the space and convert the property into something else completely. Knocking down structural walls will mean that structural support will need to be supplied elsewhere. This usually means inserting steel beams into the remaining walls of the property to create support the load. Semi-detached houses are a common house type in the area of Surrey. Insertion of steel beams into a party wall comes under as a notifiable work under the Party Wall etc. Act 1996.
With the consistent storms in the country year after year, maintaining the integrity of a property's roof is a vital aspect of home ownership. In Surrey, many homeowners took on roof replacement and repair projects in 2022. Roof repair jobs that involve exposing an otherwise concealed party wall must be notified to the owners of the adjacent property.
We understand the unique challenges posed by these popular home projects. Our expertise and commitment to preserving the rights and interests of all parties involved set us apart. If you're planning any of these exciting endeavours, Party Wall London can guide you through the process, ensuring a harmonious transformation for both you and your neighbours. Contact us today to learn more about how we can make your dream project a reality.