Loft Addition Design Guide

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CONTENTS OF THIS GUIDE What is a loft addition? Does my home qualify? High Volume (box ceiling) Vaulted (sloping down ceiling) Home evaluation by an expert The Art of Blending It shouldn’t look “added” Match existing or upgrade Ceiling Heights I’m concerned the ceiling will be too low Natural Light (windows) Will the first floor appear too dark? Windows Window benches Design Features (options) Open vs. enclosed rooms Open railing vs. Low wall Coffer ceilings Architectural soffits and lines Recessed lighting Ceiling fans Storage areas and closets Should I wall up the landing? Room Types What kind of rooms can be built? (ideas) Other Required Items Electrical circuit, outlets, switches Air ducts (vents) Permits & Approvals Does this type of addition require a permit? What about my Home Owner Association (HOA)? Choosing a Specialist TRULOFT is where the experts are.


A loft addition commonly refers to an addition that is built within the high ceiling of a two‐story home. Essentially it is a high ceiling room conversion. A loft will usually overlook another area below. “Outside” vs. “Inside” addition A traditional outside room addition is the most common type of addition. These are rooms that are added to some part of the exterior of a home (front, back, side or above the existing house). They require plenty of space somewhere on the property and must meet minimum setback requirements, the distance from the house to the property line. An “inside addition” is built within the existing structure of the house and does not change the foot print of the house on the property, but it will still qualify as more livable square footage. More than just lofts! Turning high ceilings into new rooms doesn’t mean you have to build a loft. You can make virtually any kind of room as long as building codes are met. The high ceiling below was converted into a bedroom. The windows were made larger to qualify the bedroom with egress (emergency exit) windows.

Permits & Approvals Do I Need A Building Permit? Yes, your new inside addition will require a building permit. The experts at can make sure your project gets approved by your city or county building department. Homeowner Association (HOA) If you have an HOA you will more than likely need their approval for any window changes we will need to make. This service is also handled by the teams at Choosing a Specialist Outside Addition Contractor? Don’t use an outside addition contractor for an inside job. High ceiling conversions need to be specially design and fitted. Choose the Inside Additions Experts

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