How wide is your Victorian hall

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Rollercoaster1920 Sun 13-Sep-20 23:13:57

I'm planning Ann extension to my 50s house and considering the corridor next to the stairs.
I think it's too narrow at 800mm.
Victorian houses have narrow corridors, but how narrow? I'm guessing similar based on a 6 foot space for hall and staircase.
Current building regs are 900mm in England.

I'm leaning toward moving my existing wall to make the corridor wider. That'll make a loo under the stairs access less cramped too.

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JoJoSM2 Mon 14-Sep-20 14:43:35

That sounds tiny and I’d be looking to address it. You might just need to check whether the wall is load bearing as that might get more complicated and expensive.

Thesuzle Mon 14-Sep-20 14:47:10

At narrowest 58 inches or 1m 47 ish Wide enough for radiator cover and small not deep chair by the door for sitting and putting shoes on

Pipandmum Mon 14-Sep-20 14:52:20

My victorian hall is about two meters wide - there were slim double front doors originally, and the stairs are down the hall around the corner. But its detached double fronted - a Victorian terrace can have halls only as wide as the door which I would definitely change if possible.

HotChoc10 Mon 14-Sep-20 19:19:55

Mine is 800mm and it is minuscule. No hope of getting any thing in it, even having hooks to hang coats would take too much space.

Bluntness100 Mon 14-Sep-20 19:24:05

That’s very very narrow, however if your home was built in the 50s it is not Victorian, not by a long way. I don’t understand why you’re asking about Victorian houses?

Victoria died in 1901.

Rollercoaster1920 Mon 14-Sep-20 20:26:35

Because London is full of Victorian houses which have narrow hallways. The layout of my house is very similar to the classic Victorian terrace. Although 2 previous posters have big victorian halls!

Perhaps a better question would be: is an 800mm hallway too narrow? It'll be the passage next to the stairs out to a rear extension, so just under 3m long. We have a 6 foot bit inside the front door which is nice.

If it is too narrow then I'm wondering how wide to make it. 900 doesnt seem worthwhile. Perhaps 1.2m but I'm stuck with a very short bit at 800 (perhaps 400mm) due to a structural wall.

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newyeardelurker Mon 14-Sep-20 20:45:47

Mine is 74cm wide. This is too narrow smile. 1870s house, and not a traditional layout with a proper hall. Original front door was a side door so it's more of a corridor. Dark, narrow, unwelcoming. Worst part of the house.

JoJoSM2 Mon 14-Sep-20 21:39:25

Maybe you could just keep a metre of the wall so you don’t feel like you’re waking straight into the living room + when you’re on the sofa, you aren’t looking at the front door.

A bit like this house:

GOODCAT Tue 15-Sep-20 09:50:10

Ours is 1910/20ish. It is 1 metre at its narrowest and 2 metres at its widest. With a radiator, but zero furniture, coats, shoes etc. in it is fine as a corridor, but I wouldn't want it to be narrower. I think it would need an extra half a metre to make it ok to have furniture in it. The space under our stairs has storage and doors but if we could open that up it would feel more spacious.

I love a good hallway and can see why a lot of people are influenced by Victorian hallways. The only thing that is better is a rural farmhouse with flagstones. However as I live in a town the Victorian influences win.

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