Missing cavity

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  1. Carl46

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    Hi there I seem to have a missing cavity under the kitchen window and don't know if it has been built like that or just removed?I certainly do not know how to proceed, any advice gratefully received
     

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    Could it have been a single-skin garage - perhaps on the side of the house - which has later been converted to become part of the kitchen?
     
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    I'd second that looking at the head height of that door/window combo. I bet they still step down into that space.(y)
     
  5. Carl46

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    No it's never been anything like that, all the houses on the road are the same apart from the cavity problem I guess, I think it has just been removed as this is joined by a long list of horrors, I just don't know where to begin rectifying it, kitchen work surface removal and maybe.window.frame.Lthough I hope not.
     
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    Picture of the wall where the sink is but from further back to show the layout and window reveals please.
     
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  8. Carl46

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    Will do old salt in afternoon as work nights
    Cheers
    Carl
     
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    Here's the new picture, the cavity wall seems to have been removedfrom the right hand side as you look at this picture Al the way along to the pillar on the left, I am guessing the cavity wall used to go along to the middle of the window as i believe it used to be a door so if I get the cavity wall replaced assuming that's possible I don't know how far it would need to do, I mainly worried from a structural point of view as obviously the single skin wall under the window is not tied to anything which I guess it would have been originally
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    So a doorway would seem the obvious answer and the previous owner removed the cavity to make more kitchen space? Weird. Are you redoing the kitchen because if you reinstate the cavity it will obviously need to be remodelled.
     
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    I can redo that side of kitchen if i reinstate cavity, the same previous owner already cut a staircase stringer to make room so nothing much surprises me now, basically I really just need to know if it's at structural risk really and if it is I will get the cavity redone as I don't think I would have a choice but if not I would ignore it for now do you think I should get an engineer round just get it done or safe to ignore who do you get to do It? General builder renovator or window installer I really do not know
    Cheers
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    Have you asked a neighbour if you can take a look at their layout? If it was originally a door and window presumably it will have a lintel providing support. Unfortunately I don't have the knowledge to be able to help but in your shoes I would reinstate the cavity and brick up the outside wall whilst doing it. Should be easy peasy for a general builder or even a brickie as that is where the skill lies.

    I would be more concerned about the stair stringer.

    I am sure one of the experts will be along shortly, good luck.
     
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    Notch has got a spare cavity.
     
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    Cheers old salt,that sounds about right although I have managed to repair the stringer myself by putting a new beam on top of the old one
     
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