building false floor over old beams
We have some lovely old thick beams in a cow shed and over the top is the humans living area. Rather than remove these beams, which are looking very rickety but lovely, I was thinking about looking into building a brand new floor over the top so it is self-supporting into the walls and then re-laying the existing old cotto on the new floor. Essentially this means the old beams are no longer structural in the sense of supporting any of the real weight of the floor above. Has anyone done anything like this?