If you’re using your attic for storage, you’re probably not making the best use of your space. Even if you’re not storing items up there, chances are an attic renovation can give you that extra space you want, without the need for a costly addition. However, you can’t just put some floor down and call it a room. Planning important elements is required for a successful attic renovation.
Converting your attic into a living space is usually less expensive than adding a room to your home, but there are a couple renovation considerations you have to address first. These include:
- City/neighborhood building codes
- Support system
- Insulation and ventilation
- Homeowners Association rules
- Flooring and drywall installation
Once you’ve dealt with all the specific details, it’s time to start brainstorming your ideas for the space. Decide the purpose for your room and explore your options.
Creating a room in your attic is a great way to increase natural light. Along with any existing windows, skylights can provide ample light throughout the day and give a view of the stars at night. If your room has proper insulation and ventilation, additional windows can even reduce energy costs.
If your attic renovation requires more space, consider adding a dormer somewhere that works with the existing architecture of the home. Building a dormer gives you the ability to increase headroom and maximize space, while adding an inviting element to the room.
Depending on the size of your attic, you might consider including a kitchenette or bathroom. While this will make your attic renovation more expensive, it’s a long-term investment that will pay off. You won’t have to run downstairs to use a lower bathroom or to grab snacks.
Find out how an attic renovation can improve your home by contacting Aggressive Mechanical Contractors, Inc. in New Jersey.
Our goal is to help educate our customers in Monmouth County, New Jersey and surrounding areas about energy and home comfort issues (specific to HVAC systems).
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