How Can I Use My Attic Space?

Attic Loft with Dining table with chairs and wooden oak sideboard with gabled ceiling. Potted plants and decors. Mediterranean interior design.

Remodeling your attic can be a great way to make the most of the available space. You can use your attic space for various purposes, such as storage, a home office, a guest bedroom, a playroom, or even a hobby or crafting area. The possibilities are endless depending on your needs and preferences. Just ensure proper insulation and safety measures if you plan to spend extended periods of time in the attic. An attic remodel is not something a DIYer should attempt on his own. Due to codes and safety measures, you want to get a licensed contractor to help with the structural part. Especially when it comes to selling a home, an attic that did not pass an inspection will be a red flag for any potential home buyer. If you want to tackle the design and finishing touches yourself, you can add your personality into that part of the project, but for the rest, best leave it to a professional.

 

How Can I Make My Attic Extra Living Space?

        1.      Evaluate the Space: Assess the attic’s structure, height, and available area. Consider if it’s suitable for your desired purpose and if any modifications are needed.


        2.      Check Building Codes: Check local building codes and permits required for attic remodeling. Ensure your plans comply with regulations. For the most part you need to have a ceiling height of at least 7 feet for the space to be finished as habitable. You also need to have two exits, one into the floor below, and another one such as a window. Skylights or Dormers are good options here. They also add light into a space that would otherwise be dark.

Spray Insulation or Regular Batt insulation for Attic?


        3.      Insulation and Ventilation: Properly insulate the attic to maintain a comfortable temperature and consider adding ventilation to prevent moisture issues. Spray Foam insulation, even though more expensive, is the best option for an attic because it gets into all the tiny little crevices and helps prevent critters or rodents from coming in to your finished space.

The attic of a single family house with a subfloor


        4.      Flooring: Decide on the type of flooring you want. If the attic joists are not designed to hold weight, you might need to reinforce them. Also think of how the sound will travel to the floors below, carpet may be a better option than a hardwood that will make noise down below.


        5.      Electrical and Plumbing: Plan for any electrical outlets, lighting, and HVAC requirements. If you want to add a bathroom or plumbing fixtures, consult with a professional Plumber. Note that any Electric and HVAC should always be handled by a professional due to safety reasons.

Craftsman caulking a new window in the attic.


        6.      Windows and Natural Light: Consider adding windows or skylights to bring in natural light and make the space more inviting. If you are limited on window space you can also add recessed lights so that they add light without cutting into the already small space.


        7.      Stairs or Access: Ensure you have safe and convenient access to the attic, such as adding a staircase or modifying the existing access point.

Scandinavian style attic working space. Attic home office. Attic Office


        8.      Design and Layout: Create a detailed layout for the space, keeping in mind your intended purpose, furniture placement, and storage needs.


        9.      Storage Solutions: Utilize the attic’s unique shape to install custom storage solutions like built-in shelves or cabinets.


        10.     Safety Measures: Install handrails, guardrails, and smoke detectors for safety, especially if you plan to use the attic as a living space.


        11.     Furniture and Decor: Choose appropriate furniture and decor that complements the attic’s style and purpose.

Architects Analyzing blue print


        12.     Professional Help: For complex renovations or if you’re unsure about certain aspects, consult with professionals, such as contractors, architects, or interior designers.

Female sitting on a white wooden floor and working on a gadget, looking down


Remember, attic remodeling can be a significant project, so take your time, plan carefully, and ensure everything is done safely and up to code.

Happy Remodeling!


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