Guest Post: Don’t Move, Just Improve – Renovate Your Loft
Your loft seemed like a good idea at the time. You were younger. You didn’t have children. You didn’t even have a dog. Five years later, you have two kids, two dogs, and a bird. Everywhere you turn you see stuff. Toys, dog beds, briefcases and shoes clutter the loft and you can barely see the view, which is the reason you bought the loft in the first place.
You don’t need to leave your loft. You just need to revamp it to make it more family-friendly. Here are some ways to turn your loft into a new family-friendly home:
Use Cathedral Ceiling Space
Some lofts have ceiling heights that are excessively tall. Twenty foot ceilings, for example, are a waste of space. Two or three rooms with nine foot ceilings can be created from one lofted ceiling. Typically you will need to consult an architect who can examine your building’s drawings. Floor joists and support beams are shown on the existing plans, which can be professionally revamped to add a new floor. Provided that your lofted ceilings are sufficiently high to divide, using the space to add new rooms literally means turning air space into living space.
Use Stackable Furnishings
If you have a small space and need another room, consider stackable furnishings such as bunk beds or murphy beds. Bunk beds can easily add a second sleeping space by utilizing empty space. You can also add a bunk office. Elevate the bed, and put an office or desk beneath it. You don’t need the space above the bed, so use it. Murphy beds are another way to add a bed without taking up a whole room. Murphy beds fit into the wall and typically look like a shelving unit. The bed folds out from the wall at night, and during the day it folds up, leaving you room for play or work.
Build a Wall
We love loft spaces because they are open and airy. But sometimes they don’t make the best use of space because the room sizes are unnecessarily large. You can divide an existing room by installing a dividing wall. Walls are relatively inexpensive to install, and basically just need two-by-four supports, drywall, and paint. Doors are optional. Adding a wall can easily turn one room into two.
Get Creative With Demi-Walls
If adding a wall blocks sunlight, try adding a demi-wall. Demi-walls, which are partial walls of varying height, can divide a room and provide visual privacy. Because they do not reach to the ceiling, light from the windows travels around them. Demi-walls can be permanent or temporary. Get creative. Try some unusual materials for your demi-wall or room divider. A car hood suspended from two chains would add a contemporary feel while dividing the space. Old wooden doors hung from rope would add charm and character while dividing the space into two separate spaces. Glass or concrete blocks, bricks, large stones, and wooden logs can also be stacked for an unusual room divider that is unique to your home. Whatever hard surface you like can be suspended from the ceiling to create a look that is entirely unique.
Before you decide to move, take an honest look around you. The reasons you fell in love with your loft are still there. Work with the space using some of these ideas and you’ll find that it’s more flexible than you think.
About the Author
This article was written by freelance writer, Phillippa Carr, who is representing CHC Build in the UK. Phillippa has been writing articles on home renovation, interior design, and property management for many years now, through her passion for all things DIY.