Jeni Pike

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Name: JENI
Surname: PIKE
Location: CAPE TOWN, WESTERN PROVINCE
Entry Date: Jul 1, 2020
Category: Innovation
Project: Other

About the Project:

It was my dream to go up into my roof space and create my very own ‘piece’ on earth. I asked a friend who builds decks and treehouses to come and see if it was viable – and yay it was! I called in a loft company to come and quote: the space is 66.5m2…

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It was my dream to go up into my roof space and create my very own ‘piece’ on earth.

I asked a friend who builds decks and treehouses to come and see if it was viable – and yay it was!

I called in a loft company to come and quote: the space is 66.5m2 in an L-shaped area and it’s 2.3m high by 3.5m deep, so it didn’t need plans as it is classed as roof storage and I didn’t have to extend the roof height which is very costly!

The quote I got was hectic: R450 000. So I went back to my friend and between his quote and me outsourcing a plumber, electrician and ceiling guy and painting myself, I managed to do everything for under R150 000!

They started by building the staircase into the roof space above the ceiling so everyone could get in and out easily with materials and tools.

The eco insulation guy came next to pump “fluff” onto the ceiling below the floorboards; this creates 98% soundproofing – it really does work!

The treehouse guy and his team took out beams that were in the way to make space for the living area and then re-enforced beams for the floorboards to go on top of – they used marine shutterply (they use this on yachts) varnished a stony-grey colour.

The ceiling guy installed IsoBoard (it’s easy to install and insulates well) between the roof trusses and RhinoBoard for the walls. Inserts were made so that I could have places for storage boxes/a fridge so I didn’t lose any floor space for the living area. Removable panels were placed in spots along the wall so that there is easy access to the wiring in the roof and the geyser.

Two roof windows were put in to let in the sunlight and for ventilation.

The plumber and electrician did the shower/basin connections and plug points for my little shower/loo and kitchen space which leads out to a wooden deck with an outdoor shower with hot/cold water for a quick cool down after tanning in the summer.

I painted the loft in cement-beige, the beams in the ceiling in white, and the support beams holding the roof up in charcoal-grey. I dragged up furniture from downstairs to make a trendy space to live and work in.

The project to transform my roof space into a loft studio took six weeks from start to finish.

My best spot is out the door leading onto a wooden deck where I can enjoy my early morning coffee overlooking treetops with a view of Table Mountain and the sound of birds. Evening sundowners watching the most breathtaking sunsets are a regular thing!

Budget Breakdown:

Materials:
shutterply wood
28000.00
isoboard
8600.00
rhinoboard
9000.00
paint
1100.00
taps,etc
850.00
insulation
1800.00
roof windows
4200.00
53550

Contractors:

TIMBERWORX
55000.00
ROOF WINDOWS
3000.00
3D CEILINGS
12000.00
ECO INSULLATION
1800.00
LIVINGSTONE PLUMBER
1200.00
DENVER ELECTRICIAN
5000.00
78000
Grand Total
R131550