GO­ING UP TO THE AT­TIC

HOW TO FIND MORE ROOM

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - HOME - Janita Singh at­tic­group.com.au

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).

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