The attic tends to be that one place in your house that really never becomes a part of your home. Storage is probably the most likely use for your attic and there’s nothing wrong with that but what if it could become more? Sure, the benefit of ridding yourself of old unwanted items is great but creating another living space in your house without doing a full blown renovation? Sound good on all accounts!
Some ideas for renovating your attic can include a master suite, small apartment, safe room, office space, play area, game room, art studio or home theatre room. Whatever you decide to do with the area is only really limited to your imagination, the amount of space and your budget.
Attics are mostly unfinished rooms so some extra insulation and drywall will go a long way toward making them livable. Working with the existing structure, rather than against it, is key. Rafters are a cherished look, whether you leave them all or part of them exposed, so incorporating them into the new room’s overall look is simple and easy job. Or cover everything with drywall, paneling, bead board — maybe add some new windows or skylights.
One problem with most newer homes, there is no stairwell to the attic, just a trap door and a step ladder — not exactly a great way to get to your brand new living space. A a spiral staircase might be perfect as they only require a small amount of space. If you decide to include a bathroom or sink for wet bar, it will be a good idea to include some waterproof underlayment beneath the flooring. Don’t forget that you’ll probably needs some extra wiring for electrical outlets but let a professional do the work so everything is safe and up to code.
An attic renovation can be extremely rewarding, by turning a dusty old storage space to a living space without having to make an addition to your home plus it’s only cost effective and adds value to your home.