Need more space? Check the at­tic

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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!

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