You need to know this before creating a loft apartment

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Design: Distinctidentity

Small Office Home Office (Soho) apartments, which usually come with ceiling heights of 4.5m to 5m, are usually marketed with the assurance that the owners are able to build a loft level to maximise its tiny footprint.

Buyers have to take into account the extra expense needed to build this mezzanine, and the regulations relating to its construction. For instance, the new structure cannot be mounted onto the existing wall and floor surfaces, and should be treated as a temporary addition, which can be removed when needed.

Its design also needs the endorsement of a Professional Engineer to ensure that it is sound and, once that is approved, the drawings will be sent to the estate management for record.

For this Soho apartment in Kallang (pictured), the designer at Distinctidentity constructed the 300sqf loft level, its staircase and railing out of galvanised metal, which is stable due to its weight. “We usually provide a clearance of 2.1m at the top level, enough for a person to stand up,” says the designer. As the homeowner was going to use the space as a study, the designer customised wooden study desks and shelves for the room, too. The total cost came up to between $40,000 and $50,000.

For a cleaner finish, homeowners can consider
 using wood to build their loft, but that would be more expensive, advises the designer.