the pitch of the roof is quite steep and they could be tie beams used to stop the roof from flexing, the rafters seem quite thin aswell, like I said it needs inspecting before removal, if your planning to convert the attic into a habitable room then you need building control approval
Thank you for your reply. I just want to make it a good, strong storage/hobby type place. The floor is in the process of being strengthened but I don't want to keep climbing over these tie beams - I'm too old for cross-country! ;-)
I was thinking with all the extra supports I'm planning to do to each rafter I would be probably safe to remove the tension beams when every rafter has been supported. I was also thinking about integrating them into a dividing stud wall so all I would need to do is cut the middle of the beam out for a door.
Hi, take this opportunity to have the insulation in your loft increased to 270mm to comply with the regs. Take a look at the following link to our page on loft starage and raise the floor to accomodate the new insulation while at the same time providing a solid floor for storage http://www.diydoctor.org.uk/projects/bo ... ftzone.htm
As for proving a room for hobby work I'm afraid this is illegal as it would then become living accomodation under the building regs and a fire escape stairway would have to be provided which goes straight to outside air without passing through another room.
Lofts, unless altered in the correct way, are for storage only and any "strengthening" for other purposes is dangerous as the loft floor is purely there to hold the ceiling up, not to be walked on regularly. You can find out all about loft conversion "rules" in our loft conversion pages.