GOING UP TO THE ATTIC
HOW TO FIND MORE ROOM
ONCE confined to terrace houses with high-pitched roofs, attic conversions are becoming popular with homeowners looking to use roof space for storage or extra room.
John Stewart, founder of Attic Group, says that with Sydney property prices skyrocketing and space a prized possession, homeowners are keen to use every possible space available.
“There is a significant trend to building in the roof space now,’’ Stewart says.
Attic Group, a specialist in the business for four decades, says using this space is a creative alternative to building another room.
Plus, it is one of the cheapest renovations around and adds great value to the house.
“Most homes will have space in the roof … older style homes have a conventional roof structure which provides more options for attic storage or possibly attic living,’’ Stewart says.
But he advises that before beginning any process, it is best to have a professional inspect and assess the roof.
Another key component to a good attic conversion is good access. Stewart says an easy-to-use ladder is a great means to link this space to the rest of the house.
“An attic ladder is a costeffective way to gain access to the roof. Ladder options range from affordable timber and metal designs to touch-of-a-button, fully automated solutions,’’ he says.
The ladder needs to be able to hold the weight of the goods being stored in the roof, as well as the weight of the person, he says.
Attic Group introduced the attic ladder concept to the Australian market in 1975 and so far has unlocked more than 50,000 Australian roof spaces.
Room in the roof … many homes have roof space that can be converted to an extra room accessed by a folding ladder, says Attic Group founder John Stewart (pictured).