At the house my wife and I have just bought, we are considering knocking
down an internal wall.
The joists 195 X 50 run from front to back and are 5.1 metres long.
They are supported at 3.6 metres buy a stone wall and carry on for the
remaining 1.5 metres. The room behind is so small it seems pointless!
I figure that once the wall is removed (neither the wall nor floor in
the room above (4.9 metres) carry any wall) that the joists will need
extra support! I do not want an unsightly catnic or steel on view
below. I am however considering an Oak beam (200 X 150 span 3 metres)
placed at ~2.5 metres, perpendicular to the joists, for support. I
figure I could place and fix the Oak beam before I remove the wall,
thus removing the need for props, or would I to hold the beam in place
till the masonry had set?
I am also considering cutting into the existing joist and placing a 195
X 74 joist at a right angle to the joists and using hangers and nails to
fix them. Would this be adequate at the ~ 2.5 metre mark? Would I need
to bolt on pieces of timber (same size)? As I can't see how I can join
the joists in both sides without precise cutting, and then there
wouldn't be enough movement to fix the 195 X 74 into the wall or am I
If I take the second option I will need props, and the ceiling will
move slightly, so I will probably have to renew it all! But then I will
be left with a hole where the wall was anyway!
But there will not be an unsightly beam of any description on view
Does anyone have advice on how best to do this?
How to do it?
Has anyone done this before?
What method is best?