If you are running out of livable floor space in your home, think about adding a loft. It can increase your living space and add exciting visual appeal to your home. It can also increase your home’s property value, if you should decide to sell your home at a later date.
Whether you need more space for the kids or occasional guests, a loft can provide the perfect solution. Adding a loft is much less expensive than adding a room onto the house. While a room addition involves the extra expense of a roof, heating and air conditioning, and electrical, a loft uses the existing height of your current roof structure and floor plan. In addition to being more affordable, a loft can be an easier way to add space in homes or condos that have various building restrictions, since all of the construction is internal. There may be some issues with adding windows to small loft areas, but skylights can easily be installed for natural light.
If your home has rooms with high ceilings, these create perfect areas for adding a loft. In a living room or family room, a loft can provide a quiet, adjacent space for a small office, reading room, or music room. By building a railing with black metal balusters, your loft will overlook the room below and give the appearance of an open, airy space. This will be much more appealing than building a solid railing or wall that closes off the space. In a bedroom, a loft can provide an extra sleeping area for guests. Whether it’s in a guest bedroom or a child’s room, a loft can accommodate two to three extra guests.
Building a loft over existing spaces will create architectural interest and visual appeal in areas that lack unique features. The loft construction alone creates that, but additional details such as built-in niches and bookshelves, lighting, and accessories will add extra design appeal. Head room in a loft is obviously a major factor, so make sure you have adequate space for a standing adult before you begin building.