Planning an Attic Renovation
Attic renovation may seem to be a lot of work for some people. But actually, what it may require is just some good planning and the right amount of effort. Renovating an attic in itself may provide some certain benefits. Some may do it in order to free some usable space in the home. Aside from the basement, the attic is usually the best option for homeowners looking for some additional space to use around the home. What makes renovating the attic the primary choice for most people is that there are many more uses that attics may provide in terms of space than that found in the basement.
One of the most important things to do before starting on making detailed plans on the attic renovation is checking its structural aspects more extensively. Checking out if there may be hindrances to certain renovation work on the attic due to structural limitation may help reduce time wasted on useless renovation planning. Planning a certain renovation idea that in the end may prove to be impossible to undertake can be distressing and discouraging in itself. That is why taking a closer look at your attic and minding the different structural characteristics in it may help you come up with more workable renovation plans that would not be put to waste.
One of the important things to take a look at when doing a renovation on your attic is the roof area. As you well know, attics are usually the top most living space found in homes. They are usually designed to be storage spaces. And for this reason, some contractors create them with not so much considering providing enough headroom space. It is usually normal for some attics to be constructed with not much of a standing room for people. There are some attics that may also be constructed as part of the roof itself, complete with the usual beams and frames going through the available spaces. This alone may already provide some limitations as to how much additional space can be created even by the best renovation plans available.
Aside from the roof, another area to consider before starting out detailed renovation plans for the attic is the floor. Since attics are at the top of the home, you should also consider that the attic floor usually forms part of the ceiling of the room beneath it. Before undergoing any structural modifications on that part of the home, make sure that the attic floor is strong enough to hold additional weight in case they are renovated to become a room. An attic floor not strong enough to hold additional weight may end up sagging and may result into cracked ceilings. This in turn may weaken overall structural stability of the whole home. The damage that may result can become more costly than the actual renovation done on the attic itself.
Attic renovation is not just as readily doable as you might think. Renovation work in the attic and even for any part of the home must ensure that the structural stability of the home may not be undermined. Creating additional spaces in the home may be a welcome necessity but it should not be done without thinking about the probable damage such renovation work may cause in the whole home.