An attic can convert from a simple storage space into a functional and usable room, even if the ceilings are quite inclined. Commonly, attics are converted into bedrooms or special rooms. The amount of work needed for this renovation will largely depend on how finished the attic space is already. We would highly recommend hiring a professional builder for a job like this because of how complex it is. You can see an example here – Loft Conversions in Fulham, SW6 – Full Design & 10 Year Warranty!. However, if you do decide to try and DIY then follow the steps below.
Loft Conversion Instructions
- Run electrical outlets in the attic. This must be done before the walls close. Unless you have previous experience with wiring, call an electrician and get the job done.
- Add ducts and vents for heating and cooling the room. Get in touch with a heating and cooling company to do the work for you unless you have experience in this type of work,
- Cut the fiberglass insulation rolls to place the spaces between the wall and the ceiling beams and staples on the posts. Wear gloves, mask and goggles when working with fiberglass insulation.
- Measure the size of the walls and ceiling. You will need the exact size for the walls and ceilings to get enough plaster for the job. Most drywall sheets come in sheets of 4 by 8 feet. After receiving your measurements, calculate how many sheets of drywall you need. For example, if a wall is 8 feet wide and 9 feet high, you would need 3 sheets of drywall for that wall.
- Create a base if the attic has only joists floor by screwing sheets of laminated wood to the joists. Use a circular saw to cut the plywood panels to fit.
- Hang the plaster by screwing the wall studs and roof rafters. A friend is needed to help you keep the leaves in place since each weighs more than 40 pounds. If the plaster is fastened correctly, the screws should only nick the surface of the paper on the wall.
- Apply a thin layer of mud over each joint with a dry masonry trowel. Place the drywall tape over the mud and press on. Allow the mud time to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Apply a second layer of mud on the tape. Once it is dry, all sand.
- Stations the drywall and let the primer coat dry, then paint the drywall, using a water-based latex paint.
- Install a carpet pad, then stretch and carpet tack into place, or put quilted laminate and install the laminate over the padding.
That is it! If you’ve read this far then congrats, you are well on your way to having the necessary knowledge to convert your attic into a nice minimalist designed loft.