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Deal Fanatic Join Date Jun 9th, 2005 Location Toronto Posts 5,645

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i want to finish my attic

In may ill be moving to an apt in my moms house which is basically a bachelor pad on the 2nd (top) floor. To make more space i want to finish the attic above and put my bed up there, so the main floor/room can be for living and entertaining. Believe it or not I have yet to see the apt or the attic (tenant is there till may 1st) but i suspect for the attic ill need to put in a floor, insulation against the roof, and drywall over all the walls and insulation.

Ill also need to build at least one wall against the neighbours side because the house is detached and the attic is shared the roof peak goes across both houses.

Has anyone done this kind of thing? Thoughts? Are there any nice walk thrus online?

Im quite knowledgeable when it comes to building and construction, but its all knowledge from reading. Ive got the theoretical but lack in the practical, so it would be nice to see lots of pics of the process to get a visual idea of how things should come together. For example, i know i need baffles against the roof boards, then insulation, then a vapor barrier, then drywall, all to keep the roof the same temp as outside and allow airflow.

But what about at the peak and trough at the bottom?

What do i do there? And will the roof still need vents or fans to outside? (its being redone this summer too) ill probably also need to insulate the wall against the neighbours side too right? Since theyd just have blow in insulation over the 2nd floor ceiling joists, as i suspect we do right now.

Deal Fanatic Join Date Jun 9th, 2005 Location Toronto Posts 5,645

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Hey Guys, thanks for the replies

The floor joists is something I had thought about, though I had figured theyd go with 26 at least if not 28 because thats what theyd have done for the other floors. In my head its easier to spend an extra few dollars and use one type of wood for all the flooring, rather than save a few dollars and deal with the logistics of making sure the right wood gets shipped to the right place, etc etc. On the other hand, whenever they built these places (50-80 years ago Id guess) they probably did so in bulk, so it would be worth it to save money on wood.

My ultimate goal though is to get my bed out of the living room of the apartment which is also the only room in the apartment besides the bathroom. Which brings me to another idea I had/have, Im curious what you guys think: Basically, like before, I will raise the bed, except what Ill do instead of making a room in the attic is make two walls in the attic- one on the neighbours side, and one over where the existing wall to the bathroom is. Basically what Id do is bring the ceiling of the living room all the way up to the roof, close off the gaps created where the attic was (meaning I need to insulate 2 walls plus insulate the roof over the living room) and then just build a loft for my bed above the living room .

No permits are required for a loft AFAIK and nothing would change structurally, so I should be well within the limitations of bylaws Permits. It also makes construction a little easier cheaper

Thoughts, opinions, and comments welcome! My mom called me today and she thinks the tenant will be gone in the next few days. Shes moved out most of her stuff already. Ill post pictures once I get in there


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