A site visit allows us to inspect internal and external factors that could affect the structural stability of your property. We can inspect the impact of minor issues such as cracks and warping, as well as more significant structural concerns including subsidence, heft, drainage, wall removals and loft conversions.
We visit a property to get a clear understanding of what a client is concerned about as well as underlying issues that might not appear to be relevant. We then observe, measure and record all aspects of structural significance. After a site visit, we offer long term monitoring and structural reports for any issues that require remedial attention.
- Structural surveys
- Foundations inspection
- Verify feasibility and site appraisals
- Soil examination
- Load paths assessment
- Flood risk
- Damp survey
- Sewers and drains infrastructure and capability
Before you plan or build, a site inspection establishes the lay of the land and highlights safety implications.
Why do I need a structural engineer to carry out a site visit?
You’re probably thinking that a chartered building surveyor should visit your site to provide a full report. You’d be right. The role of a Laytoe structural engineer is to look at the surveyor’s report and to suggest solutions for any defects or issues highlighted by the surveyor. We carry out further tests for strength, stability and building integrity. Without these, you won’t be able to make any major alterations or additions to your home.
Do you need to visit the site of my proposed extension if I already have a report?
We believe it is best practice to include site visits as part of Laytoe’s project management. But it’s not just about putting a face to a name. For some external issues our structural engineers need to take theodolite readings to calculate land parcels, and baseline GPS recordings to assess land features – which can’t be done remotely. We also need to advise on sewage and drainage which requires a site survey.
If I don’t need planning permission for my loft conversion, why do I need a site inspection?
A site inspection is essential for establishing correct ceiling height and roof pitch which will determine your conversion options: velux, dormer, hip to gable or mansard. We can check on site how well your existing attic trusses provide structural support and calculate the extent of additional support needed. A Laytoe site inspection also establishes whether you have planned for adequate floor reinforcement and insulation as well as stairway options for access to and from your new space.