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890 Conversions - General questions

Do you need building permission to remove an internal supporting wall?

how can we build a false ceiling over an existing concrete one an install downlighters?

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.

How can I tell if an internal wall is load bearing? Do builders usually charge to check this if we are unsure?

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

calculating specs for RSJ (size, load bearing capacity etc)

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...

Garage Conversion - really Cold!

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?

how big of a job would it be and what would be the full cost of putting an internal doorway in between two bedrooms?

Toolage charges?

Hello everyone,

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

Moving an upstairs masonry/brick wall 6-10 inches.

I’ve got a 1930’s 3 bed semi and it seems all of upstairs walls are brick/masonry built.

In theory, I want to move one wall about 10 inches to create enough space for a single bed in the currently snug office.

Firstly, How do I know if it is a supporting wall if all walls are of solid construction?

Secondly, Can I removed the wall and replace it with a stud wall?

And finally, Do I need to inform anybody or in fact request permission to do this?

Thanks in advance.

timescales involved

I'm looking for quite a bit of work doing on my home, which includes taking walls down and fitting new stairs and a new French door, I'd like all the old wood work changing and the walls plastering if required once the work has been done, my questions is what realistic timescale am I looking at to do this type of work and will myself, my daughter and 2 small children be able to stay in the house while it being done?
Thanks in advance

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