Building An Attic?

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  1. SimpleGuy

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    Hey guys,

    I'm helping a friend with an extension and Reno on his home. After carpenter's got done with the frame, we realised there's plenty of space for an attic.

    I just wanted to get some ideas on what can be to widen and heighten the attic. Right now, as seen on the pics, those support beams are limiting the useable space.

    Any tips on how to adjust the supporting timbers in order to maximize space?

    Note, we don't have council approval for this. It is something we will to sort out, but for now I was just wanting to know what options were available.

    Thank you
     

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  2. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    Wouldn't first port of call be to get in a builder? He'll know what needs to be done, what is supporting, what can be removed. He'll be able to quote a cost. Then get approval if the numbers work.
     
  3. SimpleGuy

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    Sorry, to clarify, we were looking to get it done ourselves. We can callcthe carpentry but i feel it would go from like 1k in material to at least 5-6k
     
  4. wylie

    wylie Moderator Staff Member

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    Will you be doing this as owner builder? You still need to get approval and still need to know what you can remove without jeopardising the integrity of the building. You may even find you aren't allowed to do it.
     
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    Scott No Mates Well-Known Member

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    Those collar ties look to be too low to give you the required height for a habitable room, you will need to put in floor joists as ceiling joists are only 4x2", you'd need to remove the king post and resupport the ridge (and there's more to do).

    Yeah but NAH!
     
  6. Stoffo

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    Didn't the owner look at the plans and elevation view and think to ask PRIOR ?
    Because those beams in the way are designed/engineered to hold themselves and the plaster.
    Not 6-8 sheets of yellow tounge, all the junk that inevitably will be up there along with you and your mate.........
    Doing it yourselves it will never be compliant.
    Sure it can be done, but will largely involve removal of all existing ceiling beams and replacement with larger one's.
    Best to first ask "how do you intend to get up there"?
    Then ask "how often do I want to get up there" ?
    Then price stairs......
    Then grab a beer and go sit by the pool
     
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    That should have been step 1.
     
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    A time machine would be helpful.
     

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