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Does calling in a building regs official "open a can of worms"

I am hoping to have 2 walls knocked down in my basement to make one long room. My builder has said that when building regs people from the council come round I could run into problems with other areas of the house such as my attic room not meeting current building regs - in fact this is not a conversion but is part of the original house. I'm nervous now about being hit with more cost and mess. Can anyone advise?

Thanks to everyone who has responded so far. I will ensure that building regs are involved. My main worry seems to have been answered in that they can't make me change an existing part of my house.
Signing out now and thank you for the advice.

5 Answers from MyBuilder Conversion Specialists

All sounds a bit iffy when a builder says leave out building control.Get other quotes AND advice.Building control are not out to make things difficult,merely assist the homeowner in getting a job done properly!

2012-10-23T18:30:01+01:00

Answered 23rd Oct 2012

under my understanding building control cannot make you change an existing part of the building.
i e, every time i did an extension they dont make me refurb the rest of the house to present standards. that would be ridiculous.
they will oversea the basement and make sure everything is done correctly. the rest of the house is not their concern
Jon

2012-10-24T09:40:02+01:00

Answered 24th Oct 2012

If i was you take all the advise from a B/C officer as they are there to help and they tell you how to do it ,, simples.. after all it has to be safe for habitation,,,
kevin

2012-10-24T09:40:02+01:00

Answered 24th Oct 2012

yes their is a charge for building regs but if he is scared of building regs then he is probably not doing the job right. building regs are their for your saftey to make sure the job is done properly. never yet met a building inspector that was other than fair, and most good companys will charge allowing for what building regs will expect others will come in on a low quote hoping to secure the work but if its to cheap something has to go usually the quaility,this builders is using scare tactics to stop you asking questions or you could just continue with your current buider and become an other customer for cowboy bulders.
good luck alex

2012-10-24T09:40:02+01:00

Answered 24th Oct 2012

Building control is for help and advice. If doing structural changes to the property then you need to contact the LA.

They will not be interested in every nook and cranny if your house just your specific needs requiring permission.

2012-10-24T09:40:02+01:00

Answered 24th Oct 2012

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