Building work for a garage conversion

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Hi,

I'm looking to get a builder in to do the first stages of a single garage conversion. The garage is integral to the house so I've established that I don't need planning. I can do the other internal work and call a favour for the electrics.

Building work would be

- Brick up garage door and fit window
- Knock through (load bearing wall) to create an internal door
- Replace external side door with full length window

I'm unsure how to get started:

- Do I need to apply to building regs now, have someone inspect the footings etc, then give that info / report to a builder?
- Or does building regs need to inspect when the builder is here?
- One inspection total or one before and one on completion?
- Will building regs care the conversion isn't fully finished by the builder?

Also if any one has suggestions what I should be looking to pay for the work above (outside London), that would be really helpful.

Thanks.
 
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I'm looking to get a builder in to do the first stages of a single garage conversion. The garage is integral to the house so I've established that I don't need planning.
Do you have enough off road parking for the size of the house, in view of the fact you will be losing the garage?

I'm unsure how to get started.
Apply to Building Control for a Building Notice. Once you have paid the fee then your builder/project manager/yourself will ring BC at relevant parts of the build and they will come and inspect.

- One inspection total or one before and one on completion?
At each relevant stage. You may carry out work in several areas and have lots of bits ready to inspect in one visit......or you may need several visits.

You will likely need inspections for frontage foundations, any drainage, oversite, electrics, venting, smoke/heat detectors etc.

You will need to think about thermal values in the floor and walls.

Your electrician will need to be qualified.
 
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