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GINA

03:43PM | 09/05/01
Member Since: 09/04/01
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THE ATTIC SPACE RUNS THE WHOLE LENGTH OF THE HOUSE I HAVE ONE SET OF STAIRS AND IT IS AT THE BACK PART OF THE HOUSE WOULD LIKE TO PUT A SET OF SPIRAL STAIRS IN THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE

rpxlpx

05:13AM | 09/06/01
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
What is your question?

LDoyle

03:53PM | 09/06/01
Member Since: 06/03/01
327 lifetime posts
Typically, attic floor joists are not sufficient to bear the load of a full living area. May have to 'sister' engineered joists in to make it safe.

Jay J

04:44PM | 09/06/01
Member Since: 10/26/00
782 lifetime posts
HI GINA,

ALSO, YOU MAY NEED MORE ELECTRICAL SERVICE COMING INTO THE HOUSE. REMEMBER, YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE LIGHTS, TVS (AND SUCH), AND WHO-KNOWS-WHAT-ELSE IN YOUR NEW ROOM, AND YOU'RE GONNA NEED MORE POWER (AS SCOTTY WOULD SAY.) IF YOU SERVICE IS 'MAXED OUT', IT WILL NEED AN UPGRADE. ALSO, YOU'RE GOING TO BE HEATING AND COOLING MORE SPACE TOO. YOU MAY NEED ALTERNATE 'SOLUTIONS' TO DO THIS IF YOUR CURRENT SYSTEM IS UNDERSIZED (TO BEGIN WITH) OR AT ITS OPERATIONAL MAXIMUM. PLUS, AS LDOYLE SAID, YOU'RE GONNA NEED MORE SUPPORT.

MY SUGGESTION IS TO SPEND SOME $$$ AND HIRE AN ARCHITECT. IF THEY NEED TO CTC A STRUCTURAL ENGINEER, THEY'LL DO THAT. THE 'THINGS' THAT AN ARCHITECT DOES, IN ADDITION TO HELPING YOU 'DESIGN' YOUR ROOM, ARE THOSE TYPES OF 'THINGS' THAT I MENTIONED THAT YOU PROBABLY DIDN'T THINK OF, AND MORE! IT WON'T COST THAT MUCH SINCE ATTIC RENOVATIONS ARE FAIRLY COMMON FOR THEM. THERE ARE 'STANDARD' THINGS THEY DO WHEN THEY'RE HIRED FOR SUCH A JOB.

AND LASTLY, YOU'LL PROBABLY NEED A FEW MUNICIPAL PERMITS AND INSPECTIONS. THEY'RE FOR GOOD REASON, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT COMES TO EGRESS AND OTHER HAZARDS ASSOCIATED W/AN ATTIC 'ENVIRONMENT'. SO HIRE SOMEONE WHO KNOWS WHAT THEY'RE DOING.

OH, AND LASTLY, PLEASE AVOID USING CAPITAL LETTERS IN YOUR POST(S). IT'S LIKE 'SHOUTING', AND DOESN'T GET ANYONE ANY MORE ATTENTION THAN THE OTHER GUY/GAL. I'LL ASSUME YOU HAVE VISION TROUBLES SO I USED CAPS, IN WHICH CASE, I'M SORRY (IN ADVANCE) FOR SAYING YOU'RE 'SHOUTING'.

MY BEST TO YA AND HOPE THIS HELPS.

JAY J -MODERATOR

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