The paper reports the experience of space-planners con sulting on the re-use of industrial buildings. It argues that differences between the broad use-classes of buil ding control and their specific application to individual cases can be exploited by small firms. These meet the need of their employees, their customers and their finan cial supporters by a variety of types of code avoidance. The paper suggeststhat some kindsof strategy are more appropriate for the early stages in a firm's growth. It ends by questioning the role to be played by professional advisers.