For many of us, having a loft in our home is a long-time dream. Lofts simply have this fun, youthful feeling to them, while also being practical and attractive. However, if you’ve already bought a home and committed to it, moving somewhere else just to acquire a loft is pretty impractical. For some, it may be possible. For others, not so much. So, the question then becomes, can you install a loft in an existing home? Premier Group Contractors is happy to inform you that, yes, you can!
A Question of Difficulty
While the answer to whether you can add a loft or not is almost always yes, there comes the question of difficulty. You certainly can add a loft to any home, but some homes will take a lot more work than others. This has to do with many factors, such as the area of the home, the height, whether you have vaulted ceilings, and so on.
It goes without saying that in almost any case, this is a large enough job that it requires professional assistance. Adding a loft is not something most people should DIY, and those that should are already in the industry.
Adding to an Existing Structure
If you want to add a loft space over your living room or kitchen, it’s possible to do so without changing what’s there. Well… it’s possible under a few conditions.
- If you have vaulted ceilings, so as to provide enough head space above a new loft.
- If you have enough floor space to accommodate a new set of stairs, a spiral staircase, or a ladder.
- And, finally, if you don’t have windows or supports that cut into the desired, new loft space.
If these things are true for the area you plan to add a loft to, we can simply install a loft without making alterations to what’s there. This will involve our team:
- Creating new supports, to ensure the loft is held up adequately.
- Adding the loft structure, and anchoring it to the walls.
- Placing down flooring across the loft framework.
- Installing a stairway in the style of your choice.
- Putting up safety railings.
- Installing any new wiring, light fixtures, plumbing, or other features needed.
Remodeling to Accommodate
If your home is two stories but does not have vaulted ceilings, we may be able to add a loft with the removal of the ceiling. Frequently, flat ceilings are put in under an otherwise vaulted roof to provide attic space or to insulate better. These can typically be removed without too much hassle. However, we may need to add insulation to the roof, apply drywall, and more, to ensure you can still look up from your couch without cringing at an unfinished ceiling space.
Shorter homes without the height to add a loft may have one added, provided they are willing to raise the roof, quite literally. In some cases, this is possible to do with an existing roof. However, in most cases, the roof should be rebuilt to ensure it attaches to the rest of the roof properly and doesn’t lose integrity from being moved about. It goes without saying that this kind of remodel is extensive. However, if a loft is something you care a lot about, there’s no reason not to undergo the remodel to make your house more yours.
Call us today at Premier Group Contractors if you’re looking to install a loft. We look forward to assisting in the process.