Renovating a Loft - Tips
For many, a loft is the living dream par excellence. Unfortunately, the rooms are often old, so you have to renovate them before you move in.
When renovating a loft with professionals
Renovating a loft requires contacting experts, as lofts are usually located in discarded factories. The rooms are therefore often old, leaking and contaminated pollutants.
The community tells you if the building is a listed building. If so, the plan must be approved. In addition to a visit to the community, you get in touch with energy consultants. Making a loft energy-efficient is expensive because of its design and age. In terms of pollution, building biologists provide information. With special equipment they measure the load and advise on the procedure.
The painting work in the loft
The rest of the loft renovation is similarly elaborate. Because the walls are enormously high. Anyone who paints themselves realizes saves money in the three-digit range. However, even with scaffolding, the ceiling surfaces of laymen are difficult to design.
A simplification is provided by airless devices. With these paint systems emulsion paint can be sprayed onto the walls. This type of paint application is easy and time-saving. Although it is not necessary for airless application, a scaffolding should be provided before painting begins.
In old buildings, one must examine the wall and ceiling surfaces for decay. If only small areas are affected, they can be removed with a spatula. If larger areas are ailing, the entire plaster must be renewed. In that case, it's worth commissioning a painter's firm.
A bad idea is papering. This is partly due to the necessary, but hardly smooth to pull wallpaper strips. In addition, the age factor of the loft complicates the project, because you have to expect decay phenomena of walls and masonry. If papering, this decay progresses behind the wallpaper. The tracks throw wrinkles because there are air holes behind them. The removal of the wall and the renewal of the wallpaper is then mandatory. The decision against a wallpaper saves this effort.
Floor Surfaces - Flooring Screed or PVC for Industrial Flair
In order to preserve the industrial flair of a loft, you do not need carpet laying when renovating the floor surfaces. Impact and scratch-resistant PVC floors are better. They are cheap, wipeable, versatile and conform to industrial loft style. In order to support the brightness of the room, light shades are suitable for the floor covering.
Also a footfall sound insulation should be thought. This insulation acts as thermal protection. Unevenness of the floor compensates for a flow screed installation. In the building material can possibly integrate a floor heating. Particularly courageous and style-conscious people do not lay floor coverings on the screed and work with thin runners in the appropriate color.
Building the room into a fully fledged apartment
Lofts live from brightness, openness and the aforementioned industrial flair. Anyone who wants to develop a loft into a fully fledged apartment is faced with a decision: should the loft character be preserved or abandoned in favor of a room division? Both are possible with skill.
Typically, the bedroom is on a gallery and does not need to be detached. The kitchen and living room are on the same floor and merge into each other. In order to preserve the loft feeling, one does not put in walls. Although drywall with special plasterboard can form concave and convex shapes, creating artistic flair. But the natural openness of the apartment is lost.
Furniture that can be used on both sides, while maintaining the openness, separates the kitchen from the living room. If you want to rent, coated sliding doors made of Plexiglas are suitable for subdivision.