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I have two old style cold cupboards in my kitchen that id like to knock down but they are under my stairs/landing and am unsure if they are loadbearing, the stairs are on the external wall and downstairs is seperated by a wall between kitchen/livingroom
- Ydiymam 6th Dec, 2012 Architectural Services
We are moving a staircase as a part of a renovation project. At the foot of the stairs we'd like to have a doorway into another room. The door would open into the other room rather than opening onto the landing. We're unsure if the Building Regulations permit this - it has been suggested that we need to ensure that there is a gap the same width as the stairs before the edge of the door.
- Yextensionproject12 30th Nov, 2012 Architectural Services
- Ycham_75 3rd May, 2012 Architectural Services
- Ywhitehillad 8th Jan, 2012 Architectural Services
Right, firstly i'll do my best to explain the situation.
Two mid terraced houses (side by side) had their ground floors converted to shops the first floors of both were then knocked through to create a two bed flat with access via an alleyway, round the back, and up some exterioir fire escape type stairs.
I would like to convert the flat into two 1bed flats by bricking up where the party wall was knocked through and giving each flat its own front door (still via the steal stairs)
Hope that has made sense.
Do you think i have a good chance at getting planning permission to do this?
The current flat has electric and gas supply. How would i split these so that the new flats had their own metres and supply etc? Can this be done easily?
Would like to hear any general advice or things i should consider before listing jobs on this site.
Thanks for your time
- Yjwcanx 16th Dec, 2011 Architectural Services
I am replacing a wall radiator that I had and that was falling off my wall as it was too heavy for the thin wall. I thought I could put something that stands on feet instead of being fixed to the wall to solve the problem of the wall being too thin. So I started lookign at nice cast iron radiators. It seems that the one I would get will weight in the 160kgs. I am now worried about it being to heavy - I live on the first floor of a typical victorian house and my floor is just made of old pine floorboards.
On the other hand 160 kilos on 2 feet that's 80kgs on each and I don't see why it wouldn't hold but I'd rather be sure, I'm wondering if I'm not being stupid here.... Many thansk for your help! :-)
- Yfloorandwallwork 15th Dec, 2011 Architectural Services
I live in a terraced house, which has been "refurbished". I have spoken to the architect who has insisted this is "good practice" and i fully agree that, on paper, it is much better with the insulated boards fitted. During the work, all the old lime plaster was removed to bare brick work. Back in the day, the bricklayers didnt worry to much about filling all the joints because the plasterer would fill it so behind the boards is very draughty and cold, hence any hole will cause a draught, under skirtings,sockets and switches ect.All cold air is directed under floors. The cavity hasnt been closed at windows and the cheeks have only 12mm uninsulated boards. All the cold air is then directed through any gap. The boards are on galvanised rails dabbed to the brickwork with bonding. I have asked for an air test/thermographic but they have insisted it is not required. In my opinion it is required where 5 or more properties are refurbished.
The houses are of traditional construction circa 1900, stone faced with small cavity then rough brickwork. How can this, although meeting building regs on paper be so much colder than a comporable uninsulated property and costing around eighty pounds a month to heat, without even maintaining 21 degrees in main living area and 18 elsewhere. Its only 2 up 2 down. Any comments would be welcome as i am up against a brick wall so to speak as i am not RICS,therefore they will not even talk to me.
Thank you very much MR Gannon
External walls are insulated via 12 mm polystyrene backed boards, apart from window cheeks and heads (not a separate sheet) No vapour check fitted, galvanised rails bonded to brickwork with board adhesive. The cavity between external skin stone and internal skin is rough brickwork and lime motor.
Closing the cavity at window/door openings and insulating inside the cheeks/reveals/window boards would go some way im sure.
MR Gannon, if you could direct me to some good practice or regulation i can quote it would be great. I am up against a wall as regards advice due to trying to argue against quoted figures, sap ratings and epc. As all materials are bba i am trying to argue "fit for purpose" "good practice" and of course good old poor workmanship.
The flooring is old board with in many places no tounge on the boards.
I realise you are probably a very very busy man, but if you could help me argue my point i would be extremely grateful.
It has become a point of principal, and i really HAVE TO prove things on paper.
I think "polished turds" is appropriate" but all the architect does is quote irrelevant u values to individual items in response to my queries. Refurbishment is supposed to improve the thermal properties, not decrease via air leakage.
Thank you for your comment MR Gannon
- Ymick123 7th Aug, 2011 Architectural Services
do i need permission to have a car port built on my drive at the side of my bungalow?
- Yally_55 8th Jan, 2013 Architectural Services
I am facing a drain blockage in my house and unfortunately i could not find where my manhole is kept. Could u please give me an information how can i find the location of manhole.
- Ysheeja 20th May, 2012 Architectural Services
I want to replace a window with an outside door. I would need a radiator moved and fixed on the wall to the left of the frame. I think the wall width would only allows a single door.
Can I do this
How long would it take
What type of builder do I need to do the job
Answers would be greatly Appreciated. I am being very cautious as I was recently severly ripped of with building work I don't have a clue about these things.
Thanks for any replies
- Ycolleen_18 17th Mar, 2012 Architectural Services
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