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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 10:10 pm 
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Ok from the outset it seems a dumb idea I know I live in a new build and all but the wall in my living room with my stairs behind it are stud walls. I have an under stars cupboard and realised half the under stairs isnt being used, the builders just squared it off.

So in my head I want to use this hidden space in my front room to store my media centre to get rid of all furniture against my wall, the problem is to get to this space means I need to knock out about 50cmx100cm out breeze block wall. I am assuming they used breeze block to support the stairs and is a retaining wall..

Is what I am thinking possible? Would I need to add a Concrete lintel?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 18, 2017 11:41 pm 
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Have you got any photos?

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imho leave it alone as you have a turn in the stair case. it needs all the support it can get, you could support it all and put in a timber carriage beam and remove the blockwork

For the hassle and cost its not worth doing


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Hi flash, there isn't a turn in the stairs it's straight up, in the pictures, that back wall in my cupboard is half way in the radiator on the second picture leaving all that space free and empty. A timber carriage beam hey! The cost is my self and
My time, I too am a fellow DIYer i will investigate this further bud thank you


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I can't see any problem with what you want to do provided you get that lintel in the block wall, although if the opening is only 500mm wide, you won't even need that.

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