Need more space? Check the attic
From a home office to a playroom to a guest bedroom and beyond, finishing your attic offers endless possibilities when it comes to adding space to your home without encroaching on your yard. Such an ambitious project requires a hefty dose of preparation, though. Here are some important points to consider before you dive in.
• Certain types of attic, such as chevron-beam structures, are easier to convert into living spaces than others. You’ll also need to consider the total available space as well as the slope of the roof. All in all, it’s best to have an expert assess how doable your project actually is before starting any work.
Before starting any finishing work, make sure to properly inspect the roof for any traces of mould, parasites or water infiltration.
You’ll likely need to add insulation and ventilation for your attic to stay comfortable in all seasons. Insulation can be done from the inside, or, if you want the beams to show, from the outside. The latter option is more expensive.
• In most cases, the floor will need to be reinforced to support the increased strain caused by and new furniture. foot traffic
• Building a safe staircase to the attic is an important investment that you shouldn’t take lightly.
Finally, when it comes to decorating, use things like mirrors and light-coloured walls to create the illusion of a larger space. Carpets and room dividers are two ways to separate different sections of a large room. Smart storage solutions are also helpful in maximizing the space available in your attic.
For everything else, be creative, and try to highlight the architectural character of your attic. Use your imagination!