Lowering a ceiling

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I wish to lower my kitchen ceiling. In doing so, I want the new ceiling joists to run at right angles to the existing joists. I propose to insert joist hangers into the walls on either side of the room and insert the new joists into these. The span of the new joists is 3 metres. What thickness of timber should I use ? I was thinking 50 x 100 at the most, possibly even 50 x 75 if I used some noggins at points along the span. Anyone see any problems with this ?
 
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Don't bother with joist hangers, just screw a piece of 50 x 100 to the walls and secure joists to that; like a horizontal stud wall instead of a vertical one ;)
 
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You can have a floor on the same joists as the ceiling!! ;) I didn`t know if you were aware of it - so just to be on the safe side I asked the question. Regards JohnC.
 

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