Thursday, 23 March 2017

Optimizing the Use of Your Terrace Space

A terrace, especially in a city, is hardly ever used in most houses, and it IS unutilized premium space! That space is suitable for conversion into a spacious room for unwinding, especially for recreational activities at low cost. The important thing is to watch the burden of additional weight on the building structure.

The foundation of any house has a maximum load-bearing capacity, which should never be breached.  A professional remodeling contractor with experience and expertise should be able to conduct a feasibility study and suggest the best designs and options. Metal fabrication forms the super structure of the room. Here are a few tips to get you started on your terrace room.

Constructing walls and roof

Bricks, the usual material for building walls are rather heavy; during masonry, they can be time consuming and messy. You may like to use instead pre-engineered lightweight structures for building walls. Insulated vinyl sidings, sandwich panels containing fly ash etc. are quite low in bulk density, and they offer an exceptional finish too.

User-friendly slabs of sandwich panels may be attached to each other, used as walls, and held in place by metal fabrication; the joints need to be filled with silicone gel to avoid seepage of rainwater. Lightweight single layer as well as multi-layer PUF-filled roofing materials of required length are available in different colors and can be easily fitted on to the metal fabrication.

Your remodeling contractor will be able to advise you on the best-customized lightweight wall/roofing materials and designs to blend with the existing fa├žade.

Leveling the floor

Typically, the sloping floor of a terrace allows rainwater to flow into the drainage/water harvesting system; therefore, the floor needs to be leveled. A paste made out of white or grey cement can be used to level the floor. Depending upon the type of flooring material you plan to use, you can either place a wooden base over the cement mixture or strengthen the cement paste, and lay your flooring material directly on it.

Waterproofing your walls and roof is of utmost importance. Suitable paints are available and you need a coating of 3-4 layers of paint. Using sealants in tiny gaps improves the efficiency of waterproofing.

There is a wide range of flooring materials: polyvinyl flooring is quite prevalent and its color options can add an aesthetic touch to the room. The major advantage of this type is that it is very light in weight. Tiles or wood can also be used, and it is all a matter of your taste!

Add-ons to your room

When your room is ready, the interiors need to be taken care of. Firstly, the room should have a stable power supply. Electrical lines to switch boards and appliances should be of good quality. You need to ensure that the room is properly ventilated. To keep the room cool, install thick blinds and keep them closed when you’re not using the room.

The entire process can be fascinating and the outcome depends, of course, on the contractor, who undertakes the work. So, discuss your ideas and needs with the contractor; sit back, and enjoy the stage-by-stage shaping of your new room!