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Recessed Shelves in Bathroom Wall

Discussion in 'Building' started by neljan, 11 Jan 2020.

  1. neljan

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    Thinking of installing some recessed shelves in the wall of my bathroom but I don't know how much depth I will have.

    The wall is a dry wall in a fairly new(?) build (I'd say about 1970s-80s) and it's shared with a neighbour.

    Any ideas?
     
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    Party wall, so surely you'd need a party wall agreement, wouldn't you? If you cut into a party wall like this you'll undoubtedly reduce the sound insulation between properties considerable, not to mention halving the effective fire-break between the properties. In other words it's a daft and potentially dangerous idea IMHO
     
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    I thought the party wall was the brick wall(s) behind the stud wall -- I wouldn't be touching those.

    Fair comment about the fire break though.

    But isn't it:

    <my house><stud wall><Brick wall><gap/break><brick wall><stud wall><neighbours>

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    What makes you think you have a stud wall in front of the party wall?
     
  6. neljan

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    Because of the exposed plaster boards where I removed the wall tiles. I'm assuming plasterboard is fixed to stud walls?
     
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    You have assumed incorrectly. The boards are likely to be dabbed.
     
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    you won’t have enough gap between the plasterboard and block. you’d have 20-30mm tops
     
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    Thanks guys.
     
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    You can chase into the wall without a party wall agreement otherwise if you had your kitchen there you'd need to send them next door a drawing of where all the sockets and switches would be, and they wouldn't care. Just don't dig out more than 1/3 depth into the nearest leaf of the wall.
    So with plasterboard you'll only have total less than 60mm.
    I'd say if you do want niches you would be better off building out the wall and fitting them in. That also gives you a void for any pipe work/valves and cabling.
    Hope that helps.
     
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    That was my plan B. Thanks John :)
     
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