Transform Your Attic Space
How to Transform Your Attic Space
If you need extra space, don’t let your attic go to waste. An attic that is renovated into a living area can also increase home value. Transform your attic into a bedroom, office, or quaint living space. Here are some tips to follow if you are ready to get started.
Honor Local Building Codes
There are some rules you must follow if you plan to finish off your attic. Building codes vary by location, but most require 70 square feet of floor space. The attic must be at least 7 feet by 10 feet in dimension and have at least a 7-foot head clearance. A local contractor can help you with necessary modifications and secure the proper permits.
Check for Safety
Have a structural analysis done. Your attic floor may not be strong enough to support the weight of people and furniture. A professional can ensure your house’s foundation and framing can carry the extra load.
Determine how your attic roof is framed. If the ceiling has trusses, it may be difficult to convert it into a living space. A roof truss is a prefabricated framework that typically lowers an attic’s ceiling height. Roof rafters leave more space between the attic floor and ceiling.
Determine Your Budget
Figure out how much you want to spend on your attic remodel. Typically, homeowners pay $200 per square foot to convert an unfinished attic into a code-compliant living space. The price tag for an attic bedroom can range between $8,000 and $30,000. An office attic is much less expensive.
Call an HVAC Contractor
Get a quote from an HVAC contractor. It’s cheaper to have a professional install a heating and cooling system. Putting one in yourself may cost less up front, but will be more expensive to operate.
More Insulation Needed
You will likely have to add insulation to the attic to keep it at a comfortable temperature. Extra insulation will keep occupants cool in summer and warm in the winter. Educate yourself on your options.
Consider a Bump-Out
A bump-out is the best way to maximize usable space in the attic. You can also add windows to let in the light and fresh air. A bump-out is a minor addition to a home that increases square footage. It can be as small as two or three feet or as large as a single room.
Adding Final Touches
Once you get your attic prepared for remodeling, it’s time to put on the final touches.
Finish off the ceiling. Take the ceiling treatment up a notch with natural wood, beadboard panels or tongue and groove paneling. A ceiling fan can provide a cool breeze in summer, and push warm air down in the winter.
Install Proper Lighting. Recessed LED fixtures are perfect for an attic. They are tucked away and don’t generate unwanted heat. Insulation can also be safely installed around them.
Soundproof floors. Keep the noise down by adding thick floor joists or insulation, Put down carpeting or add rugs for more soundproofing.
Find a Color Scheme. Pick light hues that go together. Warm whites, like ivory or cream, are good choices.
Storage Space. There are plenty of nooks and crannies in attics where you can put stuff. Also, consider installing perimeter drawers, cabinets and cubbies.
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