When we don’t want to throw away our old items, they usually end up in the attic. But once you get rid of everything here, you can do something else with it like turning it into living space. If you don’t know where to start, here are a few essential tips you should know about attic renovation.
Attic renovation requires planning. This means you first have to figure out what you want to do with the room. Do you want to turn this into an extra bed room or a play room? Naturally the requirements for both are quite different so do some brainstorming in order to come up with the best design possible that is within your budget.
Since this is now living space, you also have to consider have people can gain access to this room. A lot of people construct stairs at the best point of access so there is no need for a lot of modification to the existing structure.
For that, you will need to go to the mayor’s office and obtain a building permit. Of course, if this job is going to be done by a contractor, you don’t have to worry about it because he or she will take care of everything.
So people can use the renovated attic, you should make sure that it has adequate insulation and ventilation. There are many ways of doing this without increasing your monthly consumption of heat or cooling.
Another thing you plan on is plumbing and wiring. The flooring of the renovated room must not rest on any wires. To save money, it is best to place these in close proximity to the nearest power supply and drain line.
The renovated attic will soon have new furniture and other items. Aside from planning what to do, you should already know how to get these things up there. The small items won’t be a problem. It is the bigger ones which require two or three people that you have to worry about.
Lastly, maximize every possible space in the attic including the “dead spaces.” This will enable you to utilize these areas as storage areas where you can store underwear and socks.
Attic renovations can be done by yourself or with the help of a contractor. The decision of undertaking this project is your decision but if you are confident that you can do it, go ahead and enjoy the fruits of your labor.
Once you have made that decision and managed all the challenges, only then will you be able to turn your attic into something new. Yes, there will be some times ahead especially when this wasn’t meant to be a living space.
Also, you will be dealing with the pre-existing structure and some of the old materials. You can demolish everything but since this is too expensive, you have to find your way around these obstacles and thus reduce the costs. But after a few weeks, the final result will add more value to your home should you decide to sell it in the future.
So do you think its time for a little attic renovation? The first thing you have to do is go upstairs, see what you would like to throw away and then picture for a moment what you can turn room this into.