Although there is lumber involved in this type of project it is NOT a job for a typical "general contractor". You need a specialist. Just like sub-contractors are required to get a special license for each trade such as electrical, plumbing, roofing, etc... there are enough specialized skills required in converting a high ceiling that it should warrant a specialized license. The state of California has not caught on to this unique construction category yet.
Why a specialist? Because while almost any contractor can build a new addition outside your home, building an "inside addition" requires special knowledge and experience.
HONEY WE SHRUNK THE HOUSE
Just one of the problems is this; Your existing house has shrunk in size since it was built. Each home has about three to five tons of moisture within the materials when it is built. Over the years as it dries out it shrinks. Sometimes the thickness of the structural floor system can shrink up to 1/2 inch in depth. Making the floor and ceiling match is nearly impossible for those who don't have specialized skills.
YOU WOULDN'T ASK A GENERAL SURGEON TO PERFORM BRAIN SURGERY, THAT REQUIRES A SPECIALIST.
Although, building a high ceiling conversion is far from brain surgery, it does require a specialist to get it right.
Therefore, using traditional methods and materials can prove to be a disaster for the finished product as well as a few years from now when the new room shrinks as well. It's a biblical principle. You cannot put new wine into a old wine skin or it will burst. You must use new wine skin.
Truplans Inc and our approved contractors are trained to provide both the new room (new wine) and also the "new wine skin" (retrofitting). This way your home will look beautiful from the day it's done and for years to come.
As we move forward with this Calabasas High Ceiling Conversion, Rough construction is nearly complete. Thanks to Matterport technology this 3D photo shows the framing has been completed not touching the footprint of the home. Electrical is now being placed and finalized. Next step?.. Pluming and Mechanical!
We turn high ceilings into new rooms. This is our specialty. We are also a full service general contracting company. This repeat client has asked not only to convert his high ceiling into a new bonus room with a bathroom, but also create an open concept first floor.
Loft Addition & Open Concept Calabasas - IN PROGRESS BELOW
BEFORE - 3D TOUR of the space before we convert the high ceiling into a new office.
This is an active project currently going through planning phase.
Come back soon to see the 3D AFTER TOUR.
High volume ceiling conversion in the city of Tustin, California.
Loft additions are great for more than just open lofts. This open-to-below space is going to become a new teen bedroom with its own private bathroom.