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PostPosted: Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:17 am 
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Hi

We have a reasonable sized loft, but it's a funny shape and does't really lend itself to a full blown loft extension. However, we'd like to make it a bit more usable, the kids are desperate to get up their and have it as a den, with the xbox and a couple of beanbags.
It won't have a lot of traffic, but I don't want to be constantly worrying that the joists aren't up to the job and getting ceiling cracks. Neither can we spend a lot of money making it a full on conversion. What I'm thinking of it a decent set of steps that have a handrail, with some protection inside the loft to make sure they don't fall down the hatch, then make them a specific boarded out area that's theirs to chill out in.

my question is really related to the size of the joists to lay a floor onto - plus anything else that you think I need to think about.


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Generally the joists will need upgrading if it's being used as a "usable" room. What size and spacing are the current joists ?

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I'm not sure of the spacing, from memory it's 18", and they are 4" joists


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Is it a typical pitched roof with rafters and ceiling joists? Any purlins? Or are they more modern trusses? Is there a central load bearing wall?

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Morning - yeah, it's a typical pitched roof with rafters and joist, there are a couple of purlins onto a central load bearing wall.


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