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Attic conversion to living space

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Posted by: from Edmonton
1/10/2016 at 8:25:28 PM

I have a 1924 800 square foot house. The attic is 7' high with rafters. I am curious if I could put in a second floor. Would that be to code? It's in Alberta.

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Date/Time1/10/2016 at 9:21:26 PM

Andrew,

We need more information. Do you want to build a room inside the attic or add a total floor? Depending on what you are considering, I would suggest that you contact a structural engineer or, at the very least, a building inspector and ask the basic questions. It comes down to foundation type, wall strength, and more.

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Date/Time1/10/2016 at 9:33:25 PM

The floor must be built with 2x6 16"O.C w joist hangers and the walls the same, then 3/4 " plywood, then a floor of your choice walls must be roxul 16 insulation 6 mil vapor barrier then 1/2 drywall.

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Date/Time1/11/2016 at 11:29:49 AM

First, we need to collect more info. We need to inspect the bearing structer, such as main bearing walls from basement to attic. We must have the advice of a structural engineer to a floor.

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Daniel Drouin

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Date/Time1/11/2016 at 12:09:09 PM

Hi Andrew,

I agree with Mark from Solution Repairs and Maintenance. Anything can be done, as long as you plan and prepare as much as possible for any scenario. The best course of action is to have an engineer assess the home and submit a structural design. It is difficult to assess the potential and viability of such an undertaking until that has been completed.

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