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Our builder says the only was is to suspend a metal grid and install ceiling tiles, but this would make our kitchen feel too much like an office. Is there a way of fixing a more substantial grid that could support plasterboard ceiling with downlighters? The ceiling is concrete and in a victorian mansion block, with a flat above.
had a garage conversion to a play room,and did not have building regs on it ,can building control force me to put work right, that dose not come up to builing regs
bit of a challenge this ... I want to knock through a load bearing ground floor internal brick wall supporting one further floor - span of 320cm, ending on a course of blockwork at each end (so hopefully the padstones can be seated on these rather than building up any piers).
What elements are needed to calculate the RSJ spec... I guess its vertical and lateral load? Any clues on how to go about calculating that? Someone said to look at the size of the current joists and calculate from that but I'm unsure how to do that?
Thanks in advance...
How can I tell if an internal wall is load bearing? Do builders usually charge to check this if we are unsure?
how big of a job would it be and what would be the full cost of putting an internal doorway in between two bedrooms?
We had the garage converted to a bedroom this time last year.
It is so so cold in there, no where near anything like the house, is this normal?
Thank you for your response,
The walls have got the (excuse the description) squashed flat type of insulation that the building inspector made him use rather than the normal bouncy stuff. There is a radiator that comes on at the same time as the house.
I just remember the builder saying its going to be such a warm room, with the insulation in here, there am attic in there that is full to the brim with insulation.
What can I do to sort it out?
I want to knock down a load-bearing wall - Do I need structural engineer / permission from the council?
I want to knock down a load-bearing wall between two downstairs rooms. I have had quotes from different builders who have all said very different things about what needs to be done... some say I need a structural engineer, some say I need permission from the council, and some say I don't need either of this and they can just knock it down. Which is right?
My builder is charging me £200 for 'wear and tear on his tools' The job was 11 days long and involved taking down a wall between 2 rooms and putting an RSJ in, bricking up 2 doorways, making a new dorway and opening up 2 fireplaces. He has told me that he is in fact reducing the charge from £400. In addition to the tollage charge, he is charging me £80 for drill bits related to the stonework. Making a total of £280 ('reduced' from £480). Also, £180 in diesel- I presume this must be for travel as there was no generator!
Is this all standard practice and reasonable as intimated to me?
Added: Thanks for the feedback everyone. Roc Builders- I completely understand a builder needs his tools and am happy to pay a fair price to reflect this. The thing I have issue with mainly is that I feel he is taking the mickey telling me that it is usual to charge this and at a rate of £400 for an 11 day job that I have described...I just received a total price and no break down despite asking more than once. I have real difficulty as this person is supposed to be a good friend- I know I know, never mix business and pleasure!!
I do feel that he is trying to list items to add up to the original price that doesn't reflect the job done and which took 2 weeks instead of 3 as quoted and this is with an additional £600 added to open up a fireplace which I requested after the job was started (which equates to about 5 days labour on the bill after materials!) :(
My house is a mess and I will need to pay someone else now to finish it :( Would it seem usual to add a toolage hike of this amount for a job of this nature, please be honest as I have no idea. Can you tell me if it is usual to add diesel/petrol to a bill as well? THANKS AGAIN
Basically the question is in the title, I was wondering what certificates i need to see from him before he starts the work and how can i tell if they are genuine. Sorry!! I meant to state that it's a builder i am refering too as i am having a conversion done. Thankyou to everyone for their input including the sarcastic comments too!!