After using the house for a few months, we have decided to expand the loft some. We found that with one person in the loft it would probably be acceptable, but with two wedged in there it was tight and we constantly hit our legs on the ceiling when rolling over. We found it best to put a hand on the ceiling before moving or sitting up in bed. We jokingly starts calling the loft our MRI tube. So, after some planning we expanded the loft by 32″.
My dad installed the rafters, supports, and had the floor roughed in.
A few days later Trish, Carter, and I finished the construction by nailing in the pine boards for the floor and ceiling. The stairs we had were repurposed, and we will be building a new ladder.
In these photos a step ladder was in use until a new ladder could be constructed. The boards will be stained in the near future so they match the rest of the interior.
After a few nights, we’ve found that the expanded loft is much more comfortable and user friendly. We have some storage at the foot of bed now and can roll over without injury. Sitting up in bed isn’t dangerous now.
If I built this design again, I’d reconsider the roof design and probably have more of the high ceiling area with only small sections of the lower ceiling area on the ends. The lower (steeper pitched) ceilings really leave you little room in the loft. The steeper pitched roof does hold more snow load, which was part of my concern and trade off when I built the design as planned. After utilizing the house I feel comfort and usability dictate more room in the loft and I’d approach the roof build a bit differently next time.