A loft conversion has to be one of the most desirable home upgrades today. They have many advantages over home extensions, and not least; the fact that you do not lose any land to the conversion. They often cost much less than an extension too. The space up there is enormous; it often has a useable area equal to the floor below. That means there is often room for two or three bedrooms and a beautiful bathroom if you decide to install one.
The conversion is something that you can do as a DIY project apart from structural changes to the roof. For that, I advise you to use experts in roof repair in St. Louis or Kansas City. They will alter the beams and rafters to provide as much space up there as they can. The professionals will also install the windows to allow in natural daylight.
When the alterations to the roof structure are complete, you can complete the job in a warm and dry setting. Here is how you should proceed with the job.
A proper staircase is an essential safety feature. You will probably need to commission a bespoke unit from a local joiner because it might need to go into a little space.
Consult a qualified electrician concerning the electrical wiring in the loft. You may prefer to have them do it, or you can install the cables. It isn’t hard if they draw a diagram showing the route for each wire.
You must complete the first fix for the plumbing too. That includes the pipes for the hot, cold and waste for the bathroom or en suites that you intend to install.
It is vital that you install insulation between the beams on the floor of the loft and between the rafters. Up there, you will suffer from extreme variations in temperature if you fail to insulate it properly.
The best product to use in the loft floor is tongue and groove chipboard. It comes in widths of 600mm so that it is easy to get up there. Drill holes in it and screw it to the beams below. Make sure you do not damage any of the cables or pipes when you fix it in place.
Build the partition walls of timber and plasterboard. Fit insulation inside them to help reduce noise between the rooms. Use plasterboard on the underside of the roof and the gable ends. Now you get an accurate impression of how the conversion will look when it is complete. Employ a plasterer to skim the room to a professional standard. It is worth the expense.
You can now ask the electrician to connect the lights and power outlets. If you are confident, you can install all the fixtures and fittings for the plumbing; there is no danger involved. The skirting boards, architraves, and doors go on next.
The loft conversion is almost complete at this stage. Decorate it, put down the floor covering, move in the furniture, and enjoy it. It is a DIY project that could last for many months once the work on the roof is complete. Apart from your kids nipping at your heels because they want a new bedroom, there is no rush. Work safely and to the best of your ability for a superior finish.