Raised flooring in a residence?
August 26, 2014 9:15 AM Subscribe
Has anyone used/encountered raised flooring in a residential situation? I'm referring to the "access floor" style, where the space underneath the floor is substantial and is used for cable layout and the like (ie., I'm not referring to "floating" wood floors).
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A friend of mine was recently bemoaning the lack of storage in their loft, when I noted that her ceilings are very high (14ft) and that she could raise the floor level by two feet to gain quite a lot of accessible storage.
...naturally, she then charged me with figuring out how to go about it. I'm thinking Tate-style metal access flooring would work well with carpet tiles (so it could look nice) and is reasonably affordable (~$3K per room, not installed), but I'm not exactly super-familiar with the product. Additionally, only certain rooms (spare bedroom, office/den) would be raised in this manner -- not going to mess with plumbing and such.
Would building a wooden subframe be a better choice? Is the entire concept madness? If anyone has designed/built/used/noticed raised floors in a residential environment I'd appreciate any tips/pointers.
Now that I think of it, if anyone has lived in an environment where certain rooms were noticeably higher/lower than every other room on that level of the house, I'd be interested in your experience living that way (eg: did you trip and fall every second day?)