If you are planning a loft conversion in your home there are a few essential building supplies that you will need to purchase in order to get started. The more supplies that you are able to gather up before you begin your loft conversion project, the better off you will be because you will not have to stop what you are doing in order to run out and purchase new supplies.
Some of the basic building supplies that you need include timber for the floor joists, to build the walls and so that you can build new stairs for the loft. You will also need to either construct or purchase a door for the new room. You’ll want to purchase carpet, rugs or new tiles to put down on the floor and paint for the walls once they are finished. Other building supplies that will be essential include tools such as hammers, nails, drill and drill bits, screws, measuring tape, a handsaw or jig saw, and a chainsaw, as well as several building supplies used for safety measures such as protection for your eyes. Of course, you’ll also need some extra hands to help you out.
Before you start to gather all of your necessary building supplies you might need to obtain planning permission. This is not always a requirement – however, if you have to extend or alter your roof area in any way you will need permission if you live in England. You will also have to have building regulation approval in order to convert a loft into liveable space in your home. It is best to contact your local Building Control Department before you make any changes or start to purchase any building supplies to be sure that you have all of the necessary documents in order to move forward with your plans.
Some of the new building supplies that you will definitely need in order to convert your loft include flooring materials and beams. You should add new floor joists to your list of building supplies to pick up because the existing joists will not be able to withstand all of the new materials that you will lay on top of them – they were not installed for this purpose. Your new joists will be placed in between the current ceiling joists and these will generally be much larger than the ones you are replacing so that they can provide more support.
If the current walls are strong enough to support these joists then you will not need to purchase building supplies to replace the walls, however most lofts do not contain walls that are strong enough to be used for bedrooms or offices so they may need to be replaced as well. When replacing the walls you will also need to add in upgraded sound insulation since this needs to be placed between rooms inside a home – be sure to pick up the building supplies you will need for this as well. With some proper planning and all of the correct tools, you will soon have a liveable space in your home where your old abandoned loft was once located.