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Main Floors uneven after attic conversion

We hired a contractor to convert our attic into living space. Long story, short...he was a nightmare and left with out doing any of the finish. Now, the floor joists on the first floor are raising ...
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Should I upgrade 2x6 attic floor joists by sistering some or all with 2x8s?

Our 1938 cape cod has an attic that was converted to master suite (who knows how long ago), but we've been living there for over a year. We have since decided to gut the entire upstairs and put in a ...
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how to identify lumber grade of unmarked ceiling joists

I have a detached garage that I'd like to finish the attic space to make into a office like workspace. The garage ceiling joists are 2x8x14' (unnotched) with a 13'6" span on 16". The joist appear to ...
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Ceiling joists hung below top plate

Exploring the possibility of turning the attic of our 100-year-old house into a living space. I knew the joists were only 2x6 and would need to be strengthened through interlacing. But when I pulled ...
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Are there any special tools, materials or techniques required for building a staircase door?

I have recently moved to a house that has a converted attic. It isn't a huge space but would make a reasonable den or man-cave were it not for the fact that the staircase cuts the room almost in half ...
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Loft Insulation Alternatives (UK)

The UK building regulations require 100mm of loft insulation between joists and 170mm over, ie 270mm of insulation in total. If it were to be bordered out for use as office, with sistering the joists ...
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Using Attic/Loft Space Above Garage for Storage - Adding a Subfloor

I have a 2-car garage that is not cooled or heated. Above the garage is an attic/loft space. The attic has beams (they are large beams, not 2-by-4s) that are spaced 16 inches apart. The beams have ...
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Bracing 2x6 floor joists

I'm wanting to remodel our attic to add a few bedrooms. We currently have 2x6 floor joist that span 16' on one side and 18' on another. All meeting up on the load wall. We were going to sister 2x8 ...
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Is there any reason not to use radiant barrier sheathing in walls of attic room

I am finishing out an above-garage room that is currently attic space. The roof has radiant barrier sheathing (ie foil-lined OSB). I have a few walls that are currently just studs open into the attic....
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How do I ensure my rafters are safe from condensation behind the insulation?

I am undertaking a loft conversion currently and am soon wanting to put insulation at rafter level. I have chosen 'Superquilt' (a aluminium, fibre composite layer) and PIR backed plasterboard (23mm ...
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Converting attic to living space

I have an open attic with 2x8 ceiling joists, 16" on center. I would like to convert this space to low-traffic living space, eventually to house a model railroad layout. No bedroom, no bathroom, no ...
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Will my roof construction allow attic flooring?

I am looking to add plywood flooring in my attic for storage page. There is a lot of space, very large areas. From what I've been reading, it looks to be ill-advised to add flooring if the roof was ...
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Putting up a curtain rail on a dormer wall

We have a loft conversion with a dormer and a window in the wall of the dormer. I'd like to put up some curtains, but I'm not sure how to attach the curtain rail. The dormer walls are described as: ...
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What can I do with these roof trusses to cover them up a bit?

Relating to another question about loft conversion I also want to fill up the gaps in between the trusses on which the roof tiles lie on. So during allot of build I heard here and there that some ...
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Is it possible to convert a truss attic into living space?

What are some options for converting a trussed roof into living space? My understanding (please correct me if I am wrong) is that the following needs to be taken into consideration: proper floor ...