Expand the attic – remarkable tips and interior design ideas
The attic is too valuable to leave it unused or overloaded with old objects. This can turn into a nice living space. This allows you to expand the living space. To expand the attic is actually no easy task. One should make an exact plan in advance and prepare well for it. We have some tips that you should keep in mind when loft conversions. You also get a few furnishing ideas as a suggestion.
Expand the attic and gain more living space
Planning and preparing everything exactly
Good preparation to the attic to expand
So that the attic expansion works well, the roof pitch should be greater than 30 degrees, a sufficient footprint and minimum room height of 2.30 meters available. These are the conditions to set up a complete apartment (with bathroom, kitchen, bedroom and living room) under the roof slope. The next step is the inquiry with the responsible building authority whether the imaginary loft conversion is permissible at all. If you have the appropriate approval, next comes the inspection of the roofing, thoroughly. This must be absolutely waterproof and undamaged to save later problems with moisture damage and mold. The wood material and wooden beams with supporting function should be thoroughly checked after insect infestation and these are also combated as appropriate. Furthermore, it would be better to call specialists for the planning of heat and fire protection and for the connection of irrigation and drainage systems or the heating system.
A nice bedroom under skylights
Ensure good insulation
Window planning and roof insulation
If the roof has no windows, you should install them first. There are local special regulations, which vary according to the building legislation in your state and depending on the floor area of the new loft. Mostly the window area should be 1/8 of the net floor area. Detailed information can be obtained from the relevant building authorities. In the window installation you should work very carefully, because the connection to the insulation must be complete.
For roof insulation, the felt between the rafters is laid out. This is called intermediate savings. Here, the insulating materials are differentiated depending on the heat conduction. The smaller the number, the better the insulation. For example, a 25 centimeter thick insulation already complies with the Energy Saving Ordinance. A sub-rafter insulation will be necessary if the rafters are not deep enough. Here, an additional insulation layer is mounted transversely under the rafters and so you can reach the necessary insulation thickness without changing the roof structure. Also, thermal bridges in the rafter area are excluded. After the roof insulation, you should still disguise the window reveals and sloping ceilings before you finally make the walls as desired.
Divide up the attic practically
Remember the safety as well
The floor and the room layout
Before removing the attic, check the load-bearing capacity of the floor. You can hire a structural engineer for this. If the floor is uneven, you should level it with a dry bed, for example, before setting up the walls.
Who wants to have separate living rooms on the top floor, this can be divided by plasterboard or gypsum fiber boards. These are attached to the previously laid Gibsplattenbeplankung on the ground. It is better to use a substructure of metal profiles, because this is absolutely straight.
Extend your living space by removing the attic. The most important tips you got above and now follow the interior design ideas in our picture gallery below. We wish you every success in the loft conversion!
Nice examples of attic furnishings
Under the roof you can find room for everything!
Set up different zones
A furnishing idea in the country house style
With custom-made furniture, you can practically exploit every inch
Integrated lighting is a very good idea for this
The attic can be a nice teenager's room
Do not use the attic as a storage room anymore
A round dining table under the sloping roof
Choose modern furniture
Take advantage of all corners
Set up the attic again
Think of a clever room layout
A nice and cozy living atmosphere
Living ideas and decoration –