Attic Infills or Loft Conversions are a great way to add more space to your home without necessarily affecting the building envelope. In many of Vancouver’s older homes, the steep pitched roofs leave a large space which is essentially unused. These spaces can be converted in to extra bedrooms, bathrooms, and living space if you have enough head height.
There are a few important considerations before deciding on an attic conversion. First, you must determine if your roof is a “rafter style” or “truss style” roof. A rafter style roof will have large boards, called rafters, that run from the outside walls of your house to the peak, where they will connect with another board that runs perpendicularly to the rafters. Truss roofs are more common in newer homes, and you will see many smaller boards at angles to each other which are engineered to provide more strength with less lumber. Unfortunately, truss style roof systems cannot be converted into usable living space. Once you have confirmed you have a rafter style room you will need to confirm that you have enough usable headspace throughout the area. BC Building code specifies minimum height requirements for living spaces at 73”, or just under 7 feet. Many older homes will have large sections of the attic that will exceed this, and this is the portion that can be converted into living space.
If your attic is a little low on head space, don’t worry. In many cases, we can add dormers to increase the height in certain areas, which also can have a great impact on the look of your house.
Does all this sound a little complicated? Well, it certainly is, but this is what we do every day. At Highlands Master Builders we will help you develop a solid plan for your attic space, including access stairs, floor package framing, interior framing, new insulation and ventilation, lighting design, and finishing to ensure your space exceeds all your expectations.
Highlands Master Builders carries a 5 million dollar general liability policy, and complete coverage by WCB. We also offer additional course of construction insurance to our clients at discounted rates through our partner, Federated Insurance.
Yes. All Highlands Master Builders projects are protected by a 2 year warranty on all labour and materials. In some cases, materials may be warranted by the manufacturer for up to 25 years. We also offer extended warranties and extended service contracts to ensure your project looks great well into the future.
These terms are broken down in the contract based on progress with a completion date included. Once the work is completed to a pre-determined point, a pre-determined payment is made, with final payment due upon completion.
We have done many renovations in the past, but Highlands crew was outstanding. It is rare to find a construction company that has so much knowledge and experience and has the leadership to see a project through from the beginning to the end. They were always onsite, early in the morning. They were pleasant, polite and always cleaned up at the end of the day. We were actually sad when they left, as they were like family friends staying at our house!
If you want a great crew, outstanding workmanship, transparent and easy to understand billing this is THE company! We would hire Andrew and the guys back for another project any time. Thank you again for going the extra mile – we are very grateful.