The Safe Re-Purposing of SpaceMarch 18, 2013
There’s no reason to waste a space when you could be living there. When re-purposing a room, it is always a good idea to consult with a building contractor, architect or engineer to ensure the soundness of a structure and to determine whether the additional “living load” will require any reinforcements or underpinnings to maintain the structure’s reliability over time. Trained professionals may also be able to help you find solutions to obstacles to conversion of a room, making sure that wasted space doesn’t stay wasted needlessly.
Contractors are essential for finding practical solutions: if electricity, drainage or water utilities are needed for a new room, a licensed professional is best equipped to determine how these can be linked to the home’s existing services in a manner that is safe and dependable. Finally, consider what kind of room you will be creating and how that room figures into the overall “flow” of the house. For example, avoid creating a “rumpus room” near quiet bedrooms, or bathrooms near the kitchen or common living areas, unless you have lobby space or some sort of separation available for the rooms. Once you’ve taken into consideration all of the coding, practical, structural and aesthetic elements to your room conversion, you can relax and enjoy your new room, satisfied in its safety, comfort, beauty and practical luxury!