Fitting a new loft hatch and ladder

30 Sep 2019
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United Kingdom
Hi! I just bought a new semi-detached house, built circa 1960. The actual loft hatch is over the bathtub, and I was planning to fit another one with a ladder in the landing area.

I have located the joists direction under some boarding and insulation, and across these are two binders, dividing the roof area in three roughly similar areas.

The idea is to remove the old insulation, boarding, cold water and central heating header tank, lay new insulation inbetween and across the joists and fit some StoreFloor in the central third of the loft.

Best position of the loft hatch is close to one of the binders. It is OK to cut the joists nearby these binders? I mean, cut and fit two noggings each side of the opening :) Maybe my question is a but stupid because the current opening is nearby the other binder.

Probably I need to take a pic or two for making my explanations more clear :)
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yes, please post pics?
where exactly on the landing ceiling do you propose to cut a hatch?
This is where I want the new hatch:


And this is the roof construction:

This is one of the "binders. There are three, one in the centre and another two halfway between the centre one and front/back walls:


This is the area where the CH header tank was located, you can see the central binder, looks like a good place for the hatch:

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