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Re: Attic conversion
Reply #2 - Dec 1st, 2017, 4:33pm
 
That age/build of roof/loft probably only has 3x2 ceiling joists and not load bearing
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Reply #1 - Dec 1st, 2017, 12:19pm
 
You could engage a structural engineer to look at this or, perhaps better still, find a specialist loft converter who should be able to answer your questions. The support beam is called a purlin and you definitely can't remove the brace or replace it with a vertical one without an engineer's report and building consent. As for building a brick wall underneath to support it, or swapping it for steel, whilst it may be possible to do this you would again need a structural engineer's report and building consent.

As for pricing it's impossible to say but loft conversions normally start at about £25,000  for a small basic bedroom addition and go upwards from £35,000 for bedroom and bathroom.
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Attic conversion
Nov 30th, 2017, 8:49pm
 
Hi.
I am thinking about converting my aticket into a bedroom. The roof has a support beam running along it.  I am the middle house in a bank of 3 houses.  The beam is actually 2 beams that run from the houses either side of me and join in the middle of my attic. Picture attached

I have a couple of queries

- how could this beam be replacedar by a metal beam, without taking the whole roof off?

-  could the angled support bit of wood be safely removed? May be replaced with a vertical one or as it resting on a load bearing wall, could I build the wall up to support the beam?

- I was thinking about an extension on one side of the roof. Taking the slant away and squaring it up. Do you have a rough estimate on how much it would cost?

Thanks in advance

John

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