If you are starting a new or self-build residential project it is important you consult a structural engineer early in the process

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Russell Wrapson, one of SWJ’s directors, explains why if you are planning to build a home yourself it is advisable to have experts on hand to help.

SWJ can help from the very early stages of planning and bring the design together, providing calculations and designs for foundations and roof structures as well as assessing any existing structures that might need alteration.

New and Self-Build

It is never too early to consult a structural engineer. Early engagement is crucial to ensure you have the right advice. When it comes to new builds or self-build. Up to 30% of new build costs are literally in the ground, so it is vital that you get the plans right from the start and SWJ Consulting Ltd will play a vital role in ensuring designs and plans are correctly implemented.

How we fit into the design process

  • We work in conjunction with your architect to achieve your vision
  • There may be a requirement for additional survey work supplied by a geotechnical engineer
  • Provide foundation designs to ensure compliance with the building regulations and structural warrantee providers build standards.

Self-Build Designs

Self-build projects don’t have to be traditional. We are experienced in working with MMC (modern methods of construction) like SIPS, light-weight steel frames and timber framed designs.

Most structural calculations will be unique to the building so although you have span and loading tables for standard steel lintels and structural timbers such as floor, ceiling and roof joists building inspectors will want to see calculations for anything non-standard when you submit drawings to building control.

If you are designing your home yourself, it is imperative you appoint a structural engineer to ensure anything you’re planning will be structurally sound, particularly where timber frames are concerned as timber can present challenges as well as opportunities and requires complex configurations and detailed calculations.


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