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FIT BATH, BUT NEED TO KNOCK A WALL DOWN ?

Posted by Louise Carle, on
Presently have a walk in shower, in a very small bathroom, i would like to knock thru wall to get extra space to fit a bath & install shower over bath :) can 1 firm do this? or do i need more than 1? any help gratefully received x
Karl Hockless

Karl Hockless

As has already been posted by the majority of other experts, you should be able to find a company that can do the whole project for you. The main benefit of using one company is that all the various task elements will be integrated, meaning everything should happen smoothly, on time and without confusion. Trying to organise lots of different, separate trades people who haven't worked together before will give you lots of problems. If the dividing wall is stud then it is very easy to remove. However, if it is a supporting wall you will need to have a support installed - probably a steel RSJ. In this case you may also need to obtain structural engineers calculations and also pay for an inspection by the local council's building inspector. Any electrical work will also need to be certified prior to the building inspector being able to sign it off. Hope this helps, Karl
Mostafa Tavengar

Mostafa Tavengar

Hi Louise, Any self respecting general builders or multi traders should be able to do the whole job for you and it will almost certainly be easier that way. Even if they cannot do every job themselves they should have specialist contractors they can consult if necessary. Post the job, whoever contacts you will have read the description and be confident they can do it all. Good luck!
Gary Finnie

Gary Finnie

Hi, One firm should be able to do all the work required if you go to a company rather than an individual trades person. The company should also be able to arrange drawings, engineering calculations & building control to approve and inspect. You will need either a concrete lintel or steal beam fitted dependant on the length and weight above. The company wil also be your best choice to ensure that the appropriate insurance is in place for the varied type of work required for this project. Hope this helps All the best Gary
John Kevin Atree

John Kevin Atree

hi louise yes one firm can do this, dependant on wall it may be required to put in an RSJ if this is supporting john attree advanced property maintenance
gregory mckenzie

gregory mckenzie

hi louise, try and get a quote from 1 company they are companys who do this type of work as sometimes getting in 2 different companys may cost more and will prob take longer as 1 company will always be waiting on the other company. greg
Michael Tucker

Michael Tucker

Hello Louise, Welcome to the site. It would be better for you if one company did this work. Best to get an on site survey/quotation done, this is a free service to you and you will get 3 quotes. Simply post your job onto rated people's site. You are not obliged to go with any of the quotes- but ever job that's posted is paid for by the relevant tradesmen.if they contact you that means they are interested in your job. If one of them are awarded the job then great news for you both. ratedpeople.com Regards Michael
Marian Cobuz

Marian Cobuz

This kind of work is similar to bathroom refurbishment work, a team of 3 tradesmen (plumber, tiler, handyman) should be able to complete job within 4-5 days providing all materials are on site and no restricted access. Basically you'd need some minor demolition work, building 2 partition walls, rerouting hot and cold water supply, rerouting drainage pipe, install new bath and taps, tile all over, grouting, fit bath panel and shower wall support (if any), fit shower screen, seal all around with bathroom silicone, tidy up and remove all resulted building rubbish. Need to check pressure before ordering taps ( low pressure, high pressure taps ?). Make sure the side of the bath where panel installed are strengthened by timber frame or similar. Strongly recommend using 1 contractor only rather than multiple trades, you don't know how would they get along so project management could turn into nightmare along with time frame and budget.
Paul Gazee

Paul Gazee

Hi Louise It's dependant on wether you get a company that provides the complete service or individual tradesman. The main thing is to check if it is a brick support wall?? If its a partition wall it's normally pretty straight forward to take them down.
gavin royle

gavin royle

Good Morning Louise This work can all be done together by the same firm, the only thing to bear in mind is that you have to be sure that the wall being knocked through if a supporting wall is well supported with the appropriate support eg steel, if this wall is not a load bearing wall then the job is relatively simple.
Tom Fahy

Tom Fahy

You can get 1 firm to over look the whole job. 1 person may be able to do it all but generally speaking a builder will do the knock through and then a plumber (he may subcontract) will fit the bathroom. Hope this helps - Bespoke contractors ltd
Thomas Lyon

Thomas Lyon

An experienced builder should be able to undertake all the work or have qualified contractors working with him. I generally dont think there will be much difference in price if you use an individual company or separate trades.From my experience though using different trades especially if you dont know them very well and how they work can be a nightmare even for an experienced project manager.
Keith Pugh

Keith Pugh

You can have 1 company do the job if they have no about supporting walls and planing if you need a steel RSI

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