Often overlooked, an attic has the potential to be more than just a place for storing Christmas decorations. If you’re not using your attic space for anything other than storage, you’re essentially wasting perfectly good living space. Many attics have plenty of accommodating space overhead. What distracts people from utilizing the room is the absence of finished walls and a solid floor. Not every homeowner possesses the carpentry skills needed for such a conversion, but every homeowner can take advantage of conceivable living space and added home value by hiring the right home remodeling contractor.
Attic Renovation Ideas
Other homeowners have forged ahead and converted their attics into usable living spaces. Here are some of the most popular ideas.
- Master Suite
- Small Apartment
- Office Space
- Play Area
- Game Room
- Safe Room
- Art Studio
- Home Theater
Realistically, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. What is ideal or practical will, of course, depend on how much room you have to work with and what you’re willing to spend. More complex conversions, like a master bathroom, will involve some plumbing renovations. But for the most part, attics are simply “unfinished” rooms. Some extra insulation and drywall will go a long way toward making them livable. One trick is to work with the existing structure, rather than against it. Many folks like the look of the rafters, leaving all or part of them exposed, incorporating them into the new room’s overall look. Others have opted to cover everything with drywall, paneling, or bead board. Some renovations include new windows or added skylights.
Most newer homes don’t actually come with a stairwell to the attic; access is gained by a trap door and a step ladder. If you’re lucky, your attic came equipped with a retractable folding ladder. But if you want a real staircase, a spiral staircase might be perfect as they only require a small amount of space.
Another problem involves water. If you decide to include a full or half bath, or include a wet bar with a sink, it will be a good idea to include some waterproof underlayment beneath the flooring–you don’t need the nightmare of a water leak destroying your home.
Lastly, you will probably need to run some extra wiring for electrical outlets. It’s best to let a professional handle this, to make sure everything is safe and up to code.
Go For It!
An attic renovation can be extremely rewarding. After all, it’s your space–make it work for you. While it makes great storage space, it can certainly be much more. Adding more living space without having to make an addition to your home is not only cost effective–it’s just smart. By utilizing this extra space, you can actually add value to your home. Buyers want the most for their money and a finished attic space is appealing. Get savvy. Let your imagination go and have fun!