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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2018 11:56 am 
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Hi Everyone,

We have a very small kitchen, with a long utility/lean too running the length of the house, connected to the the kitchen with an external door.

I want to knock the kitchen wall through (which is the original external wall of the house) to make the kitchen bigger and then the long bit left going down the rest of the house will still be used as a utility, with the washing machine etc which is there at the moment. Both the doors will be blocked up and windows replacing them, to let in some light.

The current lean too is made from breeze blocks types bricks and has a flat roof. It's very sturdy and doesn't leak but is cold.

Can we use this existing structure, or do we need to knock down and rebuild it. Will we need planning permission? How much roughly would this cost? I'm assuming we will need RSJs as it's surly load bearing.

I have attached picture of our floor plan, which I have marked in red the wall we want to knock down.
Have no idea what I'm doing or how to go about this so any info is much appreciated!! Thanks


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You will probably not need planning but you will need building control approval. That wall looks to be the original sidewall so it will need a steel and this needs to be calculated by s structural engineer. You would be better of demolishing and building from now foundations and doing it properly. Although more than you probably want to spend itwill add value and it is worth funding through an extended mortgage.

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you will probably have to bring it up to modern standards as you are now including it as habitable space and will probably have to comply with modern insulation levels as well
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Any idea on cost of this? At the moment I could stretch to £16k. Is that miles out?

How do I arrange a structural engineer, and how much do they cost? Do they give me signed off people work or something and I pass that onto a builder?

Thanks for your help, as I clearly have no clue :?


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to be honest there is no way off telling
if its more off a lean too than up to standard with shallow footings etc it may be knock it down and start again but no way off knowing
perhaps get a builder in to look

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