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Widening my loft hatch - Rules and regs????

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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
Hi all,

I want to widen my loft hatch so i can board it out and then use it for storage (not dwelling) its currently only about 1ft x 2ft so totally impractical to make it usable. The trouble is to do this i'm going to have to cut through one of my joist as they are only spaced a foot apart, running from front to the back of my house, the house is detached and was built in 1923. What are the rules about this as i dont want to go ahead and do this and then when i come to sell my house the surveyor states i've damaged the structural integraty of my house etc and it costing me £100's to sort out?

Thanks for any help / advice
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8y, 2m agoPosted 8 years, 2 months ago
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banned#1
its ok for you to widen it you will need to take out the surrounding timber and put a new ledger across each side to support the cut joists
#2
what depth are your joists ?
#3
AAAAHHHH DONT BOTHER WITH ALL THAT REG'S CARP I DID MINE 2 YEARS AGO NO PROBLEM

http://cloudking.com/artists/david-verba/works/collapsed-house_m.jpg
#4
mrtootough;3114234
what depth are your joists ?


From memory they are about 6 inches by 1.5 - 2 inches across. Does this make a difference? :?
#5
raptorcigs
AAAAHHHH DONT BOTHER WITH ALL THAT REG'S CARP I DID MINE 2 YEARS AGO NO PROBLEM

http://cloudking.com/artists/david-verba/works/collapsed-house_m.jpg


:thumbsup:
I thought all dinos lived in swamps or caves. I have learnt my one thing for today :p
1 Like #6
Sounds as if they are strong enough, the normal way to do it is to "double up" on the joists either side of the opening. I would seriously doubt it would make any difference to the structural integrity of your house. However, you will find that if you talk to your local building control, they will advise you for free. You will need to consider any water tanks etc. up there.
#7
mrtootough;3114893
Sounds as if they are strong enough, the normal way to do it is to "double up" on the joists either side of the opening. I would seriously doubt it would make any difference to the structural integrity of your house. However, you will find that if you talk to your local building control, they will advise you for free. You will need to consider any water tanks etc. up there.


Cheers mate, will look into contacting them. Rep'd
1 Like #8
look into a product called 'jiffy hangers' they will make the job much easier and building control will probaly ask for their use.
1 Like #9
Remember to strengthen before ya cut any joists.
Don't take out more than 2 and use bolts, toothed timber connectors and heavy angle brackets for adding the new support.

As Mrtoot said, talk to ya building control, take a pic and measurements with you.
#10
Thanks for advice its appreciated :thumbsup:

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