We all want more space. How great would it be to add a whole
room, or even two, without an expensive addition? All you might have to do is just look
Most attics aren’t exactly ignored completely. We shove
Christmas decorations, hand-me-downs and old photos and clothing up there to
forget about. Builders pack the space with ductwork and vent stacks in newer
homes and remodels. If your attic has good access and enough space to stand up
in a good part of it, chances are good it can be converted into a bedroom or
office, like the last photo, below, from Apartment Therapy's website.
Attics are characteristically oddly shaped spaces, with low
ceilings, tiny alcoves and an iffy floor, if any. Those are the very same
things that make finishing attic rooms so appealing and full of potential. It’s
pure bonus space, so you don’t need perfection and you can get really
creative, like these examples pictured from Elle Decor's website.
But while it seems like a pretty easy conversion, this is
not a DIY project. Even though you might be able to do some of it on your own,
it’s best to leave it to the pros. Talk with your contractor before starting
Here are some things to consider:
Can I consider a
finished attic additional square footage?
It depends. There are a lot of
code requirements that you need to fulfill, from access, insulation, electrical
outlets, heating and air conditioning, ventilation and emergency egress. Talk
with your contractor and a Realtor about regulations for your area.
you don’t have a decent stairway or space to add one, give up and dedicate the attic
space to storage for things that are impervious to temperature changes and
humidity. It’s not worth the hazards of a rickety or steep ladder.
If you need to build a stair, talk with a contractor,
architect or engineer to make sure it’s up to code, properly supported and the
are the insulation that may be in your attic currently is designed to keep the
house warm, not the whole attic space. You’ll need to add some more. There are
tricks to insulating the underside of a roof so that you won’t trap moisture,
so, again, talk with a contractor.
Consider a skylight. Attics can be dark, even if there is a window. Skylights add lots of light and fresh air if they are operable. Again, talk with your contractor about what might be appropriate for your house.
Now you get to decorate!
Here are some more great ideas from FreshHome.com.
Once the space is finished, then
the fun comes in. In an attic room, you can bend some rules because the spaces
are so odd. Tuck the bed or a cozy chair in an alcove, build out storage or
shelves under the lowest part of the roof, and be OK with a door that has a
It’s all part of the charm and the fun. Send us your
favorite attic room photos. We would love to see what you’ve done!
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