Loft Conversions Question

Boarding out loft for studio

i have recently purchased a 1905 two bed mid-terrence which has had no boarding whatsoever in the loft space but i was hoping to use this space as my studio (Music). can i just board the loft out or do i need a full conversion?

4 Answers

Depends on how much weight you're gona put up there, if you need daylight etc.
You can do a cost effective job by just putting overjoists over the original floor, insulate it and then put your new flooring boards over them.

Answered 21st May 2012

Euroheat

Member since 2 Mar 2012

the problem with these properties is the size of original rafters most are only 3x2 which when you crossboard them does make them stronger ,but if you are going to be walking about up there the ceilings will start cracking,depending on hieght of ridge etc you may be able to do a semi conversion ie hanging new double trimmers from either wall and installing new joists/floor sitting 2 inches off original rafters ,but like I said all depends on existing heights which we cant see and you don't say.

Answered 21st May 2012

substructure

Member since 7 Jun 2008

If you want to use the loft as any more than storage,you would need to do it officially and expensively.If you arent bothered about whether it is legal or not,you can beef up the floor with bigger joists to take any extra weight and away you go.

Answered 21st May 2012

Roc builders

Member since 25 Aug 2011

If you lay 3x2 timbers counter to the ceiling joists, then board on that, you will get a much better result than just boarding.

Answered 14th Jun 2012

Bates Carpentry and Building

Member since 23 Jun 2011

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