The decision has been made. You would like to increase your living space and you are going to modify your house. That annex will be built. A dormer may provide more light and a basement will free up more space. It might even be a good idea to join those two rooms, but is the breakthrough of that bearing wall even possible? Luckily, one of your friends is a builder or a contractor or is able to recommend one. The know-how of this person becomes apparent when he announces he is to call on the expertise of an engineer, and that is where Broersma Bouwadvies comes in.
Our employees have secondary vocational education, higher professional education or university education at the technical university towards civil engineering, which is supplemented by extensive experience in practice. They know what buildings consist of and, arguably more important still, know the consequences of desired alterations. The bearing structure of a building is determined by the interactions between the walls, the floor and the roof.
The totality of these interactions ensures that the carrying load is supported by the foundation. What is considered safe is represented by the margin between the actual build and an instable situation, which is legally adopted in the Bouwbesluit 2012. Here, everything concerning safety is specified in chapter two: Technische Voorschriften uit het Oogpunt van Veiligheid. This law also refers to the NEN-EN-1990, which specifies the Grondslagen voor het Constructief Ontwerp, or the fundamentals of constructional design.
As specialists, we have the relevant knowledge and expertise to be able to apply the norms and to meet legal requirements. Towards the permit applicant, we thereby bear the responsibility of expertly doing our job.
However, there is another aspect to our job. We make essential recommendations in order to prevent unsafe situations during construction (see Bouwbesluit 2012, chapter 8). Our working plans provide the basis for the executing building company to get to work conform the legally required safety measures.
All plans made by Bureau Broersma are intended to be read by professionally operating contractors and supervisors. However, our employees will naturally provide you with an oral explanation of the plans.
We make architectural drafts and calculations of the construction of your residence and the consequences of any alterations. These coordinate with the work provided by the architect and include the specific instructions of the contractor. Do you have a plan for which you need a building permit? Include our documents in your application. We do not do any architectural work, those are reserved for the architects themselves. They can also help you in your process to obtain the required building permits.
Had not thought about including other parties yet? In our experience, it is highly recommendable and if desired, we can help you connect with a suitable partner. Our final responsibility knows only one condition: The final plans designed by Bureau Broersma must be executed by a well-known and competent construction company.
Once we know what must be done, you will receive a quote without obligation which includes a copy of the general terms and conditions. Is extra work necessary? Then the remaining hours will be invoiced according to our hourly tariffs.
What happens when you accept our offer? We put you in contact with the employee who will be leading the project. Together you make appointments and agreements with regards to the delivery of the products. During the process, this person will also keep you updated on the progression of the project by telephone or e-mail.
At Bureau Bouwadvies, engineers and technical specialists work together using the same level of expertise as their colleagues at Broersma Ingenieurs. Smaller projects need the same technical optimal quality. In fact, the engineers at Broersma Ingenieurs consult with their colleagues at Broersma Bouwadvies just as frequently as the other way around. Internal collaboration is just as important as collaboration between clients and their project teams.