Hello all, I'm new to this forum and have a couple of questions for you
experts out there.
Firstly, the situation. After extending the house last year the kitchen has
now moved to the extended part, and I am having the old kitchen as a
workshop. Now this room also joins the integral garage, and I intend to
install a door between the two in the single skin concrete block wall.
I have already acquired a second hand fire door which I will use, but am now
trying to work out the best plan of action with minimal mess. After securing
the work area with acro's and strongboys I want to remove the block work
with a minimum of mess, this rules out a disc cutter. Is chain drilling the
next best option then bolstering? Or is there another way.
Also, do I need planning permission. I thought I would ask here first rather
than ask my local planning office, as I don't want to raise awareness
unnecessarily. I'm a competent DIYer, probably more conscientious than many
builders, and if the job was done to a professional standard would anyone be
the wiser even if I needed, but didn't seek planning approval?
Just trying to keep the cost down and keep it simple.
Your thoughts anyone....?
I don't know about planning permission, but I do know about mess. You're
going to make lots, get used to the idea. If you try not to make a mess IME
you make twice as much or make the job twice as long. If I read your post
correctly you now have a workshop which used to be the kitchen and you're
knocking through to the garage, so the workshop has a door to the new
kitchen or to other parts of the house you don't want to get messy, yes?
What I would do is clear the space around the doorway-to-be, move everything
you can't take out of the workshop into a pile and cover with dust sheets,
then when you're all ready to knock through, you go into the workshop with a
large plastic sheet and all the tools you're going to need to knock
through. Close the door and secure the plastic sheet over the doorway and
seal edges as best you can. Open windows if poss to let the dust out. Knock
the hole through to the garage, now you can do all the work you want and
have access to the house by going out through the garage door, leaving the
plastic sheet up until the job is finished and the sweeping/hoovering is
When all is sorted you can take down the sheet and you won't get killed by