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Hi Marc thanks for the reply I don't have a cast Iron flue ive already checked that out it is a normal flue . yeah its a conservatory type Lean too but its a steel cladding as same as the roof which is at the top half of the house above the down stairs windows im just wondering if it can we cut into the cladding for a higher pitch roof and still be weather tight thanks once again
Have you seen the excellent post by Doug on the removal of the cast iron flue and fireplace. Here's a link https://nonstandardhouse.com/removal-of-bisf-house-cast-iron-flue-tube-by-doug/
With regard to the lean-to do you have one or are you planning to put one in, ie a conservatory? When you say steel half way up the house do you mean the roof section and how it is attached to the steel sheeting?
If you have a photo it would help us to give you more accurate advice :0)
Hi I want to remove the chimney breast in the living room to open it up for more room and like to know if anyone else has done this if so what probs or how easy it was to do plus have a Lean to into the garden from the back room how could it be done with the steel half way up the house . As anyone done this ? thanks
Hello Andy, apologies for the delay in replying but it has been a very hectic few weeks in the office.
Firstly I would suggest that you contact East Durham Homes immediately and inform them that you wish to be included in the Decent Homes scheme before it closes in your area. Schemes such as this are a very rare opportunity which can add significant value to your house with the vast majority of the funding costs being paid for by various grants that otherwise would not be available.
There is virtually no point in talking to the Site Foreman or any other on site worker as they themselves would not be able to register you on the scheme. This would have to be done by East Durham Homes who are implementing the work.
The Ellesmere Drive renovations fall under Stage 4 of the renovation process with Stage 5 moving on to Station Estate North & South. I do not have the exact timetable at hand regarding when work is to cease in your area but if it is still ongoing you may be in with a chance for inclusion.
When talking to East Durham Homes I would stress to them that you have not received any correspondence and that if left in it's original condition amongst many renovated properties your house value could be badly damaged. (I wouldn't even suggest that you may have thrown the letter away, as you have no way to ascertain if you did or not.
You really do need to fight tooth and nail for inclusion in this project as it is an excellent opportunity that does not come along very often. Not only will your property look better but it will be significantly warmer too, saving you money on bills. If you find that East Durham Homes aren't interested then you should contact your local Councillor as a matter of urgency because he can push your case for you. Many Councillors hold regular surgeries in your local area. Your nearest Library should have a list.
Whatever you do though, don't hang about. Get onto this asap!
I would start by registering a complain first to East Durham Homes on Freephone: 0800 032 0835. Once the complaint is logged I would hang up and then call back and ask to speak to your Estate Officer or your local regeneration department for the Seaham area. Outline your case and make sure you get a contact name for everyone you talk to and write down the times and dates. Be firm but polite and whatever happens remain calm even if you do feel like your hitting your head against he proverbial brick wall.
Good luck and be sure to update us with your progress.
Hello evs, I have seen several properties where this diagonal brace has been removed and replaced with a doorway into the adjoining garage or even a window when located at the rear corner of the property.
What I have been unable to establish so far however, is if any further strengthening was required to compensate for the removal of the supporting strut.
So the answer at present is yest it can and has been done. You may however need to seek advice from a structural engineer to be on the safe side.
I hope this helps.
Have anyone made a new door way at the bottom of the staircase, to gain new accses to a new side extension. why I ask is, there is a steal bracing struts at every corner of the BISF houses.. I was wondering, is it ok to remove this to make way for a new door way. or if anyone maybe have done this.
I am a recent new buyer and member.
I would like to take down the internal downstairs wall for complete open plan. Obviously I will need to meet fire safety regs, etc, and will contact building control first.
Would anyone know if the central internal wall is supporting any of the upper structure? I have stripped back the fireplace to the steel flue and frame and can see a steel beam at ceiling height in the wall. I wonder if there are any steel uprights vertical to it from the ground?
It would be useful to know before I get the inspector around.
Regards and thanks for any advice, Chris
I was caught out in the early torrential rain and thunderstorms this morning whilst visiting my daughters BISF. She has one those steel roofing tiles fitted to her property which I thought would be very noisy during heavy rain.
To my surprise whilst standing in the bathroom and the landing area, I heard nothing other than the rain outside.
If I'm honest, I half expected the rain to sound similar to that on a caravan roof but I was more than pleasantly surprised that it did not.
Our servers went down about two weeks ago and some of our data was lost / corrupted. We managed to recover the site from back ups however at the time we were unable to restore the galleries or the forum as they work on a different software platform.
We are still trying to see what we can recover from the database.
I have re activated the gallery feature and uploaded some new images to monitor performance.
Excellent News! , glad to hear it all went smoothly.
My first ever insurance was actually with Nationwide and at the time they were very competitive.
It's always worth trying the comparison sites first and see what comes up as a general guide.