If you are planning to convert an industrial warehouse into a residential building, these two tips could help you with this process.
Use a concrete grinder and some sealant to polish the concrete floor instead of covering it up with flooring materials
A lot of industrial warehouses have concrete floors. If the warehouse that you wish to convert has floors of this kind, then you might be thinking about purchasing some underlay and laminate, carpeting or hardwood flooring materials so that you can cover up the bare concrete.
However, it might be better to spruce the concrete floors up and leave them exposed. You can do this by polishing them with a concrete grinding machine that can abrade and smooth out rough concrete surfaces and then applying a glossy sealant on top of the concrete. This will give the floor a uniform and shiny appearance.
Taking this approach instead of covering up the concrete with carpeting or laminate will achieve two things. Firstly, it will save you quite a bit of money, as the cost of renting a concrete grinding machine and buying a tub of concrete sealant will be significantly cheaper than purchasing underlay and flooring materials.
Secondly, keeping the concrete exposed will preserve the building's original industrial aesthetic; this is a point worth remembering if you want to sell the building after renovating it, as most people who search for industrial conversions for sale do so because this type of aesthetic appeals to them far more than that of a traditional residential property.
Spend plenty of money on high-quality insulation
If you take on this kind of renovation project, it is very important to put aside enough money to enable you to afford high-quality insulation for the building. The reason for this is that in most industrial warehouses, the ceilings are much higher than the ceilings in standard residential dwellings. Whilst many people find the look of these unusually high ceilings very appealing, their height can make it far more difficult to keep the building warm. When this type of building is used as a storage or distribution warehouse, this lack of warmth might not be an issue; however, if you intend to use this space as a residential dwelling, then it could be highly problematic.
To overcome this design flaw, you will need to use plenty of high-quality insulation. If you do not set aside enough of your funds for this expense and end up using fewer and lower-quality insulation materials, the building may either end up so cold during the winter months that it becomes uninhabitable, or you (or the person who purchases the property) will end up having to pay incredibly large heating bills.