It’s the classic tale of one house with one person too many (and even growing!). This is the very common problem of a family that’s growing and could be yours even. Before you uproot your whole household to move to a larger place, there may well be a number of choices you would like to think about first (because moving to a new home is both expensive and stressful, and there are other problems that come with it). How about creating a home extension? Or maybe better yet, why don’t you just have a loft conversion? This might just give you your much needed extra space, not only to give more room for your family, but also to give space for your work and even for your visitors! And what’s more, you have the choice of doing it yourself!
Three, it’s necessary to lay down a new floor, even if you’re not living in the loft space. It’s not just bedrooms and playrooms that require this particular step. The loft should be able to easily handle the clutter you plan to store in it, and reinforcing the floor is one good way to make sure things don’t crash down on your head. If necessary, you’ll have to put in new joists to further the reinforcement.
Considering that there are so many people who get their timber homes there are now a few experts in the field that you can consult with. This would be a good idea since they are well versed with how these conversions can be done. They can also anticipate the kind of problems you may face with your space. Another advantage with such folk is that they have the contacts required to get the job done for you and this saves you the hassle of having to screen multiple people and then coordinate them and their work.
After deciding you definitely want a loft conversion carry out research in to potential companies. The best way to do this – like many things in 2013 – is through the internet on Google, Bing and Yahoo. Type – loft conversion your location in to the search field to draw a list of relevant companies who provide the services that you are after.
The purist says that loft only means a raw and open space in a converted industrial type building. This is what it has come to mean more and more, thanks mostly to movies and television. But a loft can also be an upper level, one that is open to below. In my father’s house, the master bedroom overlooks the living room – and is thus a loft. My uncle’s cottage has a bedroom in the upper level that overlooks the main room, again a loft.
It is very important to measure and assess. You do not want to start a conversion if there is not enough room. You need about seven and one half feet under the roof peak. You may be able to go as low as seven feet. You should have a minimum of six and one half feet, over the access stairs to the attic. If you plan on hiring someone, they can tell you if it is possible. If you are going to try it yourself, you still might get an estimate. There are good reasons for this. You will know for sure if it can be done. You will know if there will be any major problems. It will give you something to cost compare with. You may decide it is better to hire someone to do the job. There are five basic types of conversions for attics.
Let the brick and wood come through, let the pipes show, let the pillars get in the way. For that is the way the hard loft is meant to be and this is the way they should stay.