Any homeowner is bound to face one common problem after staying in the same house for so many years: lack of space. While others would consider looking for a bigger place to live in, some choose to stay and make do with whatever space they have left.
There are two ways to make a house bigger. One is to extending the house at the expense of a smaller garage or garden. It may cost a significant amount of money to accomplish the home renovation, but it is a good option to extend the living space. Another option would be to convert an existing loft according to your intended purpose.
You may be thinking of several reasons for a loft conversion, but one reason is definitely the need for additional space. In his article, we will discuss some tips on how to convert a loft into an additional storage location for practically anything.
Converting a Loft To Increase Space
If you are sure that a loft conversion is the answer to increase your living space, here are some factors that you need to consider before converting your loft.
Purpose of the loft
To come up with the right design, you need to be sure what purpose the loft will serve. Will it be used as a guest room, a play room, vanity room, or a room to organize your old things? Knowing the exact purpose of the loft will enable you to know how the arrangement and spatial planning should be done.
Available head room
Head room is measured vertically from the top of the new floor to the underside of the new horizontal ceiling, which should be around 2 meters. Understandably, the roof is sloping on both sides, and so the height at the center should be between 2.2 to 2.3 meters and around 0.8 to 1.2 meters for the side walls on the sloping ceilings where small furniture can be placed.
You should never forget to provide an escape route to ensure that in case of emergency, people who may be on the loft can get out of the house without having to pass through the main doors or the common staircase. It might be best to provide a sprinkler system to ensure that the loft is protected from completely being burned.
Considering that a loft may not have enough vertical space compared to regular rooms, there is a need to make use of a breathable roof membrane that should be continuous with the wall insulation.
If you intend to make use of the loft as a bedroom, meditation room or office space, you may want to have a soundproof room. Some options in soundproofing the loft include the following:
- Use materials that absorb sound, such as thick curtains and carpeted flooring
- Install soundproofing materials on the walls, especially if you plan to use the loft as a bedroom or home recording studio
- Minimize the use of noise generators such as dishwashers, generators, and noisy appliances
Loft stairs should have minimum headroom of 2000 millimeters above the stair pitch line and a landing should be provided and is clear of any door swing.
A loft conversion project may sound like a daunting task. However, using it as an alternative storage location or a specific purpose can already do wonders to your space problems at home.