Whether you finally have the opportunity to turn your unused attic into a finished living space or you’ve simply decided not to put the project off any longer, there are a few considerations you will need to make before starting this rather large task. Finishing an attic is undoubtedly an excellent way to add equity and resale value to your home, and the conversion possibilities are limited only by your imagination and budget.
Given the general layout of most of these spaces, particularly those featured in older homes, one of the best ideas is to transform the area into a fully functional loft. However, keep in mind that particular requirements must be met if the space is to be used as a future bedroom. Those, and other to-do items, are addressed below!
How You Can Take Advantage of Your Attic Space:
- Install Energy-Efficient Windows
Due to the fact that attics account for nearly half of all of the heat loss in a home, we simply cannot stress this enough.
Not only will a new set of windows ensure the upper level is adequately insulated, which alone is going to keep your annual heating and cooling costs low, you can also expect to see a marked increase in your home’s resale value. Few modern properties sport finished attic spaces, so those equipped with eco-friendly windows are thus all that more attractive to prospective buyers.
- Get Your Attic Up to Code
While building code regulations vary by municipality, the eight common conversion requirements include: drywall hanging, framing for the walls and ceiling, HVAC installation, electrical outlets, plumbing (if need be), proper accessibility, sufficient ceiling height, and natural lighting. Be sure to make a checklist of these items as you go along, otherwise you could be in violation of local code.
- Modern Homes Have More Limitations
In particular, those which feature roof trusses are unable to be converted into a livable space, since the roof lines often lie too low. In order to pass code, the minimal height between the floor and ceiling must be 2.4 meters. As well, a standard sized staircase demands at least 3 meters of floor space.
Even if your attic meets all of the legal requirements, you will need to make sure it has adequate load-bearing capacity. This is extremely important for safety purposes, which is why you should hire a local contractor to perform an inspection.
Whether you’re looking for new windows to beautify the space or simply want to reduce your energy bills, contact Clera Windows and Doors today to see how we can help!