High, vaulted ceilings in your home can be a treat, but all that open space could be used to increase the functionality and value of your home. Building a loft is a great way to maximize that space, without completing removing the look and feel of high ceilings.
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Adding a Loft to Your Home
However, there are a lot of logistical issues that come with building a loft. Here are a few tips to make your loft building project as cost-effective and stress-free as possible.
Keep it simple.
Lofts are a great way to add space and value to your home, but making your loft too expensive and complicated could diminish the returns on your home’s value. Ultimately, simple is better when it comes to lofts and their purpose. Lofts make for great family rooms, playrooms, home offices, and home theaters, because all you need is furniture and electrical outlets. Incorporating a bathroom or kitchenette in your loft might be useful, but the cost of building plumbing into your new space could be enormous compared to the value it adds to your home. It’s already an expensive addition, so don’t make it more expensive than it needs to be.
Plan your landing space.
If you’re investing in a loft, you probably won’t want to access it via a rope ladder—so make sure to build a staircase into your design and budget. There are many space-saving staircase options available, like short-radius staircases or spiral staircases. However, take your proposed loft furniture into account when making your staircase plans. If you’re planning on buying a huge sectional couch for your loft, it’ll need a clear path to make it up the stairs.
Know your electrical grid.
One of the biggest things homeowners overlook when building a loft is providing electricity for their new space. Many lofts have outlets built into the inner walls or the floor because they’re easier to integrate into the home’s current electrical grid.
Make sure you have a distinct vision for your loft, so you can build your outlets and other connections like internet and cable around that vision. Nobody wants extension cords and wires to cheapen the look and value of their new loft space.
Keep safety in mind.
Lofts can be incredibly useful spaces, but loft openings and ledges can be dangerous—especially for children. You’ll need solid, beautiful guardrails that keep your loft your loft spacious and safe at the same time.
At Dave’s Railings, we craft timeless guardrails, stair rails, and banisters for any home and any style. We understand your desire for quality, value, and safety, which is why we’re dedicated to providing the sturdiest and most cost-effective railings in the Spruce Grove area. Our small business atmosphere allows us to have lower overhead costs and high-quality service, so you can spend less time worrying about costs and quality and more time enjoying your new railings. Contact us to find the best railing solution for you!