Your attic should be more than a storage room. Here are great ideas for attic remodeling.
An attic shouldn’t be merely a storage space for forgotten furniture and books; keeping your attic as storage space is equal to wasting floor space. You can easily turn your attic into a beautiful room fit for many uses — you just need to make some renovations.
An attic remodel helps you increase your house’s usable square footage and enhance your home’s functionality. But if you’re going for an attic bedroom renovation, bear in mind the support structures and what you can and can’t achieve through renovations. When in doubt, consult a professional.
With a little creativity, you can turn your attic into space you look forward to entering. Continue reading to look into some remodeling ideas that may inspire you.
What Should I Do Before Remodeling?
When remodeling, you’ll need to abide by building codes. These codes vary depending on where you live, but most follow the International Residential Code:
- Ceiling Codes. Your ceiling must be 7 feet and 6 inches high over a minimum of 70 square feet of floor space. If your attic is shorter than required by code, you won’t be allowed to begin your remodeling.
- Joist Codes. Joists must be strong enough to support whatever added weight there may be due to the space’s remodeling. The rafters need to support drywall, plumbing, lighting, electrical, and HVAC system components.
- Windows. Your windows need to be at least 8 percent of the usable floor space, and you must include at least one window that provides easy access to the outside.
- Heating. Typically, you’ll need to be able to maintain a steady attic temperature of at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Egress Codes. Most egress codes require at least two exits — one door and a window.
If you’re moving onto the next stage of your life and now have children, you’ll need a space for them to run around and play; the attic might be perfect for this.
First, you’ll need to think about how your kids will get to the attic. An excellent choice would be to include a spiral staircase — it’s not only functional but also visually appealing. If that doesn’t appeal to you, you can opt for a loft ladder. But you’ll need to find one that has extra safety measures like slip-resistant treads and a recessed locking system.
Once you’ve added the necessary safety features, decorate the attic in fun and playful colors. Finally, bring in all the toys and accessories your kids love playing with.
If several people live in your house, you might want to add an extra bathroom. Having an extra bathroom means you won’t have to wait your turn when you want to shower.
One challenge you’ll meet when adding a bathroom to your attic is handling the plumbing. How your existing plumbing is placed will determine the best way to structure and go about your attic bathroom renovation.
Here are some things you may need to consider:
- Bathtub or Shower. You can make your attic a more functional space by simply adding a full bathroom with a shower or bathtub.
- Rewiring. You may need to enlist the professional aid of an electrician to add more outlets and lighting.
If you work from home or need a quiet place to focus, an attic office is a great project to take on. With the right soundproofing materials, you can work in silence away from the home’s main hubs.
Here are some things to consider when building your attic office:
- Painting. To avoid getting distracted, it would be best if you keep the paint in your attic office simple and clean. If you’re short on natural light, you might want to opt for a lighter color for your walls.
- Lighting. A good attic office needs adequate lighting. Consider installing some adjustable overhead lights to brighten up the room. Place your work desk or workstation near a window for natural lighting to boost your mood and productivity.
- Wiring. Bear in mind that you might need to rewire your attic to support your various office appliances like your computer and printer.
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