Living in a new build, Need storage, thinking under stairs

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Re: Living in a new build, Need storage, thinking under sta

Post by grenfell » Tue Oct 25, 2016 7:19 pm

Agreed it would be nigh on impossible to remove the plasterboard without damage but in all honesty I'd cut out a "doorway" and create a door or hatch using mdf held in place by magnetic clips or buttons ( a sort of timber clip rather than those round things on your jacket) and painted in with the wall. A timber door will stand up to constant use or opening in a way plasterboard never will. If fireproofing is an issue then either fire resistant mdf or even something like hardi backer board could be used.

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Re: Living in a new build, Need storage, thinking under sta

Post by Meta » Mon Oct 31, 2016 8:31 am

Thanks for all the tips guys - much appreciated.

I have had a very slight change in tactic as the space under the stairs backs on to the down stairs loo - I am taking going to take out a section of that wall (there are no supports or anything in the way of this one).

I have a large mirror that is very solid - albeit a little heavy, but am going to build a solid hardwood frame and have the mirror as a full length mirror (its double width so the size of a small door anyway). I will hinge it one side and have magnetic catches on the other. So if done properly it will just look like a bog standard mirror and will be openable if you know how.

Will make sure when its closed its fully sealed around using the foam strips you get for draught exclusion. I think this will make the most of the space and means it will be very 'stealthy'.

Any thoughts on this plan are welcome :)
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Re: Living in a new build, Need storage, thinking under sta

Post by ForgeCorvus » Mon Oct 31, 2016 10:26 pm

Rather then hide a door you're making it look like something else.... Points !
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Re: Living in a new build, Need storage, thinking under sta

Post by grenfell » Mon Oct 31, 2016 11:11 pm

Yes making a feature does make sense. To be honest I was picturing your void as being somewhat small and probably below waist height but if you can fit a full height mirror on there then that's going to be quite a large space.

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Re: Living in a new build, Need storage, thinking under sta

Post by Meta » Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:32 pm

grenfell wrote:Yes making a feature does make sense. To be honest I was picturing your void as being somewhat small and probably below waist height but if you can fit a full height mirror on there then that's going to be quite a large space.
should work out to approx the size of two double wardrobes if I can capitalize on the space properly.
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Re: Living in a new build, Need storage, thinking under sta

Post by Meta » Tue Nov 01, 2016 3:42 pm

ForgeCorvus wrote:Rather then hide a door you're making it look like something else.... Points !

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Re: Living in a new build, Need storage, thinking under sta

Post by shocker » Mon Apr 03, 2017 12:56 pm

Old thread, some not currently active posters, but: did anything come of this? Im after storage space myself as I face a mutiny in the Shock Company due to taking up all the kitchen space :?
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Re: Living in a new build, Need storage, thinking under sta

Post by Plymtom » Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:47 pm

It may be worth considering what's under the ground floor in a new build sometimes there can be quite a lot if space down there often simply blocked in with those concrete beams which you lay concrete blocks between, there's a few across the road from me, they lay polystyrene and then weyrock (chipboard) flooring on top,unless you've thought to look at it, it may never occur that you have practically got a cellar.
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