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Opening up box room

Discussion in 'Building' started by veedee, 17 Aug 2020.

  1. veedee

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    Friend is purchasing a place with third bedroom that is cramped (box room - please see floor plan attached)

    The adjacent bedroom (i.e. bedroom 2) is quite large, so they are thinking/hoping that they can move the masonry wall that separates the two rooms further along into the larger bedroom (i.e. right by the window) in order give the box room additional space

    However, before embarking on this, I wanted to ask whether people commonly do this?

    What things does one need to take into account when doing something like this?

    Living in London, is this an expensive job

    Will building control need to be notified?

    We are not certain, but we are working under the assumption that the wall is load bearing
     

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  3. Mottie

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    Looks like a good idea and I’d also remove the wall between the wc and bathroom and lose one of the doors.
     
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    If the wall is load bearing it will require B regs. You will need to get into the loft space to establish this.
     
  5. ^woody^

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    And wait for hours to use the toilet when the mrs or kids are hogging the bathroom.
     
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    Or buy a place with a bigger third bedroom
     
  7. Mottie

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    Easy, just take the lock off........
     
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    ... or just leave the wall there
     
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    The only reason I say that is because that is exactly the same as has been done in our house (by the previous owners - most people down our street with similar houses have done the same) and it does give a more spacious bathroom with more natural light because of the extra window and wall space where one door was. We moved here in 1990 and managed fine with two kids but I must admit, it was easier, even with just the two of us here now, when I put a separate downstairs WC in.
     
  11. bennymultifinish

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    fairly typical, is there a box in the corner covering the angle of the stairwell.
    taking space?
     
  12. Nige F

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    Probably why it's a box room . Are there any possible flues lurking;)
     
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    I would have added the cost of doing that onto buying a bigger house. A lot of work to gain 2-3 feet?
     
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