I have a downstairs space, about 8m x 4.5m. The floor above it is constructed from 4"x2" timbers (17" centres) hung from the walls and a central oak beam. The oak beam (dating from about 1650) spans the 8.5m and is supported at half way. The ceiling is just the upstairs floorboards.
This arrangement is unsatisfactory for several reasons, the most annoying of which is the way the 4x2s are hung off the oak beam - it really is atrocious to look at! I had resigned myself to ripping the whole lot out and putting in a new floor. I don't want to box in the beam.
Then it occurred to me that I could just put another floor on top of the existing one. I could mirror all the joists and glue and screw both floors together. This would allow me to improve the aesthetics of the beam/joist join. Then I would get a less bouncy floor, have room to run services and save lots of money and time. If the wife objects to the floorboard look of the ceiling, I stick something onto it even if it's only paper.
Can anyone spot the fatal flaw?