I have very good building experience but in a house we bought recently I have been wondering what the heck to do with my loft. Initially its converted to a mini workshop / storage
The max height is 1.8m from the floor boards to the centre of the roof. I stand up straight just about. The previous owners laid down some off cut planks to make the loft walkable.
Ideally I would like to lay proper pieces of plywood and make the entire central area flat so that I can get in the loft, sit on a chair with wheels and wizz from one end to the other.
Problem is these weird beams that run left, centre and right of the roof structure. OK- initially you think yea these are support beams- but they do not lie within the masonry structure on either end- and are really badly joined in the middle- as if temporary. These beams are screwed ONTOP of the actual support trusses that all the planks are screwed on to and the ceiling batons are right at the bottom.
Half of the loft with the joined "temporary" beams shown.
A closer look at the central beams- You see that they are screwed on top of the support trusses and nothing else touches them.
Another close up at an angle of something like 45 degrees
Apologies for my terrible representation here.. but its just for illustration.
- RED - The central beam that is top most
- BROWN - The cross load bearing trusses that lie on top of masonry in the supporting structure. I can stand on these they will not collapse.
- GREEN - The house perimeter- masonry load bearing walls
I am not interested in removing the left and right beams as they are in a tight spot. I will build cupboards there later on or something.
I know from experience I can remove this beam with out the house collapsing. But, I wanted to confirm it here with other experienced people, as I have never seen anything like this and I do not know why its there and if it serves any structural purposes.
Can I remove this beam (the 2 beams joined up)?