A loft also known as an attic, garret, or pigeon loft is a space under the roof of a building which is converted into a living or storage space. It can also mean a residential area created from a large adaptable open space. Many homes today have lofts for a number of reasons such as space conversion or creation of more living space or storage facility at the roof of the same building. There are professional building constructors that can create such extra space in a building.
Loft has some economic benefit to offer homeowners. In fact, many homeowners look for properties in the area because of the economic benefits that they will gain from such investment. It is a good location to invest in real estate. If you have a property, you should include a garret in your home in order to increase the value of your home and also to gain more living space.
In the construction of lofts, many elements are put together. The basic internal elements that are put together to form a gable are:
· Floor and beams
· Escape Doors
· Sound insulations
Normally, Lofts have floors and beams. The ceiling joists of the existing building will not be strong enough to support the weight of the gabble that will be added to the house. The properties that will be placed in the loft will also add more load to the building. Consequently, there is the need to include floors and beams in the loft. The new floor will now bear the weight of the loft. The floor joists are normally larger than the current ceiling joists, and they are placed between the existing joists of the ceiling.
The beams are introduced in order to support the new floor. Steel or timber can be used as the material for the beam. It is also important for the beam to be fire resistant. However, in some loft conversions the beams are not included if the existing walls are strong enough to provide support to the new floor.
Walls forms parts of lofts, and they play an important role in them. The perimeter of the new rooms in the garret is provided by the new walls. The walls of the loft also give support to the new roofs in a situation where the support of the existing roof was removed. It is also necessary for the new wall to be fire resistant.
Sound insulation is another internal element that should be included in loft conversions. The sound insulation is placed between the inhabitable rooms in the lofts. Poor sound insulation will make the loft echo, and this will constitute distraction to the occupants of the house.
Doors are necessary in lofts. If you are constructing an attic, there is a need for you to put one or two doors with fire resistant ability. These doors serve as escape routes if there is fire outbreak in the building.