PB Structural Design was appointed to provide a structural scheme for the removal of a loadbearing wall between the living room and dining room in a small cottage
The existing layout wasn’t very practical for family life, and the existing dining room space lacked natural light.
The Design Process
The cottage was full of character but had relatively low floor to ceiling to heights throughout. Therefore, we designed the supporting steel beams to fit within the floor zone to avoid any visible structure under the ceiling level. Also, slim columns were designed at the bearings instead of brick piers, reducing the size of the structure protruding into the room space. The central fireplace was retained as a feature to the room.
The Finished Project
The removal of the central load bearing wall has created a more functional and practical family space, whilst still maintaining all the characteristics of an old cottage.