Attic Renovations Made Easy

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Attic renovations have become popular home improvement projects as people look at unused attic space as potential bedrooms, studies, home offices, or entertainment areas. Before beginning your renovation project, it is important to plan it based on the structural limitations of an attic, such as its shape and structure, the height of its ceiling, and the nature of its entrance.

Once you have an effective plan to work within these confines, your attic renovation can become a smooth, enjoyable project. Note, however, that it is often illegal to convert attic space into living space, so you should check your local building code before proceeding with such a project.

Ceiling Height

The height of your ceiling will determine how much and what type of furniture your attic can accomodate. For example, spaces with lower ceilings may be ideal for closets or storage areas, while higher overheads may allow for floor lamps or entertainment centers. It is important to verify that the ceiling height accommodates your minimum headroom requirement.

Entrance

If your attic is already accessible through a staircase, you do not have to worry about constructing a new one, though you may consider re-covering the steps with carpet or staining them if they are hardwood. If a pull-down ladder is the only means of entrance, determine where a staircase can be added in your home. Consider a spiral staircase to save space.

Structure

Study the existing structure of your attic to determine the load bearing capacity of its floor and ceiling joists. Consult a professional who can confirm that your attic can withstand remodeling and restructuring. This study will alert you to any future problems that could be encountered due to a weak frame.

Natural Lighting

It is important that your new room receives sufficient natural light. If your attic does not have windows, you should consider installing skylights or windows with the help of dormers.

Heating and Cooling

Attics are susceptible to seasonal variation: they get very hot in summer and very cool in winter. To maintain a desired room temperature, consider installing a localized heating and cooling system in your attic. This will reduce the complications involved in connecting it with the main air conditioning system of your house.