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HELP - enclosing loft

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Jun 07, 2013, 09:24 AM
msp1231
HELP - enclosing loft
Have a second story loft, used as home office. Now, with working from home full time, would like to enclose loft so that conference calls, etc. do not bounce all over the home. Would like to enclose with glass to maintain ambient lighting. Will glass cut down on sound? Is this affordable, compared to dry-walling the room in? There would be one large panel overlooking the family room below, and then another panel on the half wall, at the top of the stairs. Has anyone done, or seen this type of home modification?
Jun 07, 2013, 09:45 AM
Sparky617
Drywall would be cheapest. But you could frame this in quite simply and get a piece of plate glass cut for the opening. The glass won't be terribly expensive, but more expensive than glass. This would be a fixed panel.


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Jun 07, 2013, 11:02 AM
swschrad
if you like echoes, you'll love working in a glass box. hard surfaces echo.


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Jun 07, 2013, 05:47 PM
Sparky617
No more than an exterior window assuming everything isn't glass.


General Disclaimer

Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
Jun 07, 2013, 07:32 PM
mosternaz
I would check at a used building supply place and see if you can find some used patio doors, preferably the part that doesn't move. These would be double pane, big and cheap. They could be framed into the area as windows and would look nice and block sound. My brother did this in his kitchen area.