Have been planning on converting our integral garage into living space and expanding the kitchen by the removal of an internal block wall. (Its believed the footings are fine for building the wall in place of the garage door - and all external walls are double skinned.)
Basically, the job entails removal of garage door and bricking up the front only, plus a 4' square window. (Its single story at this point.) Internally, the garage floor needs to be raised, part of the internal garage wall needs a door opening added from the hallway and also into the downstairs loo. There is a corridor from the front door, which dissapears, making the kitchen wider by 1.2m for the length of the kitchen and also movement of the current living room entrance by about 1 metre.
I also need the garage rewired, ceilings replaced and walls plastered.
Had 3 builders round for quotes - and the first one has just come in!
WTF....... he's quoted £11,500 to do that. (this doesnt include any decoration - but does include plastering.).... + an additional £3.2K to fit a new combi boiler!
Whislt there are a few things I know I'd be too scared to tackle, I'm now thinking of doing the bulk of it myself! The price quoted for a boiler highlights to me, that price is way OTT - and knowing the actual work needed, I know full well, the garage / kitchen prices are similarly stupidly high......... So now the questions........
Since the garage is currently used as a utility room / computer room, I've already run a ring main inside. This was done ages ago, but would need to be ripped out and repositioned. I use a hell of a lot of sockets! I'm thinking this is a job I can easily do myself..... and part of the Part P of the building regs, the electrical testing is part of the building reg fee. Is this the case?
Bricking up the front, including a 4' sq double glazed window and damp course in place of the garage door.... what would you expect that to cost? (This is something I won't be tackleing.)
Making the opening to the garage from hallway. This is single brick and not a load bearing wall. Not sure if it would be better to angle grind the opening, or chisle and breakout. Best / easiest way?
The kitchen wall..... I'm confident thats not load bearing either.... however, I'm not 100% sure. (If it is load bearing, it will only be for support to upstairs floor beams.... there are no walls involved.) Whats the best way of checking - and what should I be looking for? If an RSJ isnt needed, I'll happily DIY.... but not if an RSJ is needed.
Finally.. what would you expect to pay for a new boiler? Its not going to be fitted in the exact same place, but its not being moved far and access for pipes isnt a problem. (Its going to be put in the dowstairs loo!)
Lots of questions... and probably lots of ridicule for needing to ask.... but hey ho........
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