An attic renovation can help you create the extra living space you need cost-effectively. It can also help increase the overall value of your home. However, before you jump the gun and get started on your renovation project, there are a few things you need to keep in mind. Without further ado, here are 10 things you need to know before you start.
Will you be adding further structures in your attic?
Are you planning to add a bathroom or other furniture and features to your attic? If so, it is a good idea to first get the expert opinion of an engineer on the matter and see if your home´s foundation and framing is capable of handling the extra weight. You should also understand that your total attic renovation cost can increase or decrease according to the furniture, fixture, and appliances you choose for the room.
How to make an attic into a bedroom?
The temperature inside the attic is usually extreme, either too warm or too cold, depending on the time of year. Hence, you may need an extra layer of insulation. You can opt to install spray foam insulation or simply add insulation beneath the attic floor to prevent the loss of heat in the winter. Additionally, you should also consider adding a sound barrier.
You should add rugs, mirrors, and classic armchairs in neutral colours in the room too.
Getting the necessary codes and permits
Loft conversion regulations and building codes often vary according to different municipalities and locations. Before you lay out your plans, it is imperative for you to get the necessary codes and permits. If you fail to do so, your plans can be negatively impacted.
What about your ceiling beams?
Would you prefer leaving your ceiling beams exposed or covered with drywall? You will have to decide beforehand as this will have ramifications on the lighting, electrical fittings and other elements.
What about skylights?
Skylights that can open can help bring natural light into the attic. However, it is necessary for you to know where you intend to place them before you start your renovation project.
Focusing on the windows
You can also opt to go for roof windows instead of skylights. Windows that open will allow fresh air to seep in through and they will facilitate better air circulation.
What about the storage space?
Most people use the attic as a place to store away their junk. However, it isn´t necessary for you to simply use your attic as a storeroom. You can easily transform it into a living room and create some built-in storage solutions such as built-in shelving and drawers to maximize the use of space.
What about the stairs?
You will only be able to determine the layout of your refinished attic if you envision where the stairs are going to be. Will you need to expand the existing attic stairs or create a completely new space-saving spiral staircase?
What about the ceiling fan?
When designing your attic, we would highly recommend you to leave space for a ceiling fan. A ceiling fan can aid in better air circulation and prevent the room from getting musty.
Hiring a contractor
If you want to hire a contractor to complete the renovations, you need to hire someone who is experienced, insured and has the necessary credentials. You can even ask your near ones for recommendations.