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Old 09-23-2012, 12:03 AM   #1
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Building a loft in a high-ceiling condo

I want to put a loft into a condo with high ceilings in order to make more space. I need ideas, but i'm not sure that i'm using the right terminology when i run google searches because there seems to be a ton of different meanings for "loft".

can someone point me in the right direction so i can get some ideas? TIA
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Old 09-23-2012, 09:22 AM   #2
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So you basically want to add a second level in the existing condo thy has stair access, etc? Is that what you mean?

The easiest way would be to probably anchor four steel poles into the concrete floor that hold up the loft.

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Old 09-23-2012, 09:37 AM   #3
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Try looking up 'mezzanine'
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chances are if it were feasible, it would already be there.
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Hire an engineer

Prob not worth the cash
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So you basically want to add a second level in the existing condo thy has stair access, etc? Is that what you mean?

The easiest way would be to probably anchor four steel poles into the concrete floor that hold up the loft.
yes, that's exactly what i mean. i'm just looking for ideas in terms of layout (e.g. where to put the stairs, height of first level vs second level, etc.), so i really just wanna look at some pictures and designs of other people's homes/apts to get suggestions. i'm not looking for some sort of a diy because i'm definitely not building this on my own.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:35 PM   #7
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Do a search for "add second floor loft" and you might get some better ideas. Really depends on the situation I imagine and if you can even get a permit for construction to begin with.
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If it was a good idea, it would have been an option from the beginning.
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Are you sure you own the areas it'll anchor to? Otherwise, you'll need to build it as a free standing structure.
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Also need to ensure the structure below will support the weight of what's above as you will be effectively doubling the load.
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