1. J

    Final check before ordering - garage conversion

    Hi all, Had loads of really useful help on here, special thanks to Woody on that front. Just wanted to list out everything i'm getting before putting quite an expensive order in (that I can't afford to get wrong). Plus it may help someone seeing this level of detail. I've spoke to building...
  2. CCoomber

    Cable management, floor conversion suspended to concrete.

    Hi I am currently considering converting my ground floor which is currently suspended timber into a solid insulated concrete floor for UF heating. There is a concrete base beneath the joists and the depth from the top of the joists to the bottom of the void (concrete) is 10". Currently the...
  3. Kevjh

    Converting coal fire to gas

    I have a cast iron fireplace installed and wanted to put a gas fire insert (one of the coal ones) into the bottom where the real coal would have sat and had a couple of questions. An old 1950's fire was taken out, and I have cut away some of the brick and filler to allow this cast iron (coa...
  4. A

    Wet, drafty utility room

    Hello, I have a utility room that is wet from condensation, freezing cold to the touch and really drafty with 2 air bricks and a extractor fan! The plaster is all shot and it's only single brick all external walls with an internal door separating it from the bathroom. I assume this may have been...
  5. M

    Converting Outbuilding to kitchen

    Hi, I’m on a steep learning curve here as gradually updating house ,but things just got a little more confusing I have an utility area ( toilet, laundry room , storage cupboard ) attached to the semi det house . The utility area is built on a concrete slab. The house date back to 1960 and is...
  6. J

    Best Maglite LCD Conversion Kit.

    I was thinking of buying a LED Conversion Kit for my 2 Cell Maglite Torch. I am not sure of the model but its the black metal police type and takes two batteries. Any ideas thanks?
  7. A

    Plasterboard over doorframes

    Hi all, We are currently week 7 into our garage conversion and the doors and windows have just been installed and plasterboard and plaster now completed by our builders. Whilst we were painting the room, we noticed the plasterboard and plaster actually goes over the door/window frames which I’ve...
  8. A

    Garage conversion - planning permission

    Hi, the rules say no planning permission is needed for converting a garage into a room if it's internal. Is replacing the steel garage door with a window and brickwork deemed internal or external? The rules are a bit confusing as this visible change will be seen by external passers by? If no...
  9. Rachael1976

    Conversion of coal shed/outside toilet

    Good evening. We have submitted a lawfulness certificate to convert some outbuildings connected to the house which include an integral garage/stable type space and an outside toilet and coal store into a kitchen diner and utility. The planner is fine with the majority of the application but we...
  10. C

    Basement Tanking Membrane - Suitable for Ceilings??

    I'm converting a brick outbuilding to a utility room and was planning on using a basement Tanking damp proof membrane to line the walls before Battens and insulated plaster boards go on. The roof is flat concrete with rebar running across tieing in to next doors so as expected the ceiling can...
  11. I

    Are loft purlin binders necessery?

    Hi There, Most likely in topic I have used wrong terminology to describe my issue but hopefully picture attached will do better. I am trying to make more space in my loft and install some doors to cover clutter located in deeper corners of my loft and I wonder if those "binders" pointed in...
  12. Dan watts

    Loft conversion issue: Short term solution with long term benefit.

    Hi all. Im currently doing a load of work on the house and decided the loft would be a good place to store some unused materials and some tools. This is not going to be anything like a loft conversion. I just want a few boards up there for storage, which is easy enough. Im planning on hanging...
  13. T

    Level threshold detail? Beam and block

    My first question is, my architect has not included a level threshold detail for my bifold doors. Can I differ from the drawing without having it approved? Can my BCI just approve a method? can someone explain or show me the detail for a level threshold? (Beam and block floor) I would’ve...
  14. M

    Convert section of garage into office

    I would like to convert a section of my garage into an office and would like any advice on how best to go about it. - The garage is attached to the side of the house. - It already has an internal brick wall which partitions the garage into two sections; one for the car, and the other which is...
  15. T

    Block & Beam, on outer skin?

    Hi I’m about to commence on a rear extension. The block and beam layout has to be drawn up and sizes spec’d by the beam supplier, and then sent through to our BCO. my question is, where the beams key into the existing wall, can they simply rest on the outer brick skin? (On a DPC) or do they...
  16. T

    Insulate existing gable wall? BCO

    Hi guys/gals I’ve just had a plans appraisal back from our independent buildings inspector regarding a rear extension and loft conversion. He’s asked my architect to explain how the existing gable end wall will be insulated to ensure a u-value of 0.28W/m2k. Obviously the most practical way of...
  17. T

    Concrete beam into existing wall?

    I’m doing a rear extension on my bungalow, the floor is going to be block and beam. My question is... where the beams key into the existing cavity wall, do they have to knock through so that they sit on the inner load bearing skin? Or can they rest on the outer skin? any advice would be...
  18. D

    Attic conversion

    So looking for some advice. Another project we want to start on this year is an attic conversion. So we have a large attic we can to convert to another saleable room, ie conform to regs. Looking for advice as to how to go about it really. Would you advise getting an architect for plans? As...
  19. S

    Garage Conversion - Lintels or Dig?

    Hi all I’m starting a garage conversion and with regards to replacing the garage door with a low wall and window, building control have said I either need to dig a meter deep and fill with concrete to make the footings or use Lintels? The current slab of concrete is 130mm which to be honest is...
  20. sitay

    Alpha Oil Cooker to Electric

    Hi, Im look at converting our Alpha cooker which also controls our heating and water to electric. Has anyone done this and knows companies that do it?