There is a unique space many may overlook when seeking ways to add extra space to their home and increase their “return on investment” (ROI) for the addition. This unusual space is the attic. There are some things to consider when you look at transforming your attic and it can offer your home several different functional spaces.
Many of us have thought of an attic as a storage space, but what about the idea of creating an office, bonus room or playroom? Some requirements that need to be met in order to decide if you can convert your space are access, exits, and structural support. Depending on the size of the attic space you could even create a room along with bathroom that could accommodate a guest or renter. Some permitting would be required for this option, but is something more and more homeowners are looking at as an option to help cover mortgage payments.
Whatever you envision for your attic space there are some requirements that need to be met in order to decide if you can convert your space. Things that determine your possibilities are access, exits, and structural support.
If the attic in your home has proper structural support, there is a great return on adding a functional room to your house with minimal cost to achieve it. When using an existing attic and converting it, you do not need a new roof, truss or frame. You can just drywall it in, texture, paint and add trim to bring your new space to life. Joist codes need to be met to confirm the attic can accommodate the additional weight of the transformed space. Whether the rafters can support drywall, electric, lighting and HVAC is something we can help you determine.
The interesting ceilings in an attic create a “one of a kind” space. The height of the ceiling must be, on average 7’6”. Another important element that is a must are exits and access. In order to meet egress codes two exits are required. Typically this includes a door as well as a window. If your attic does not currently have a window, looking for ways to incorporate one is necessity and we can help you achieve this. A ladder is not a sufficient access, deciding whether to add stairs inside or outside is also needed. An indoor option that is most cost and space efficient is a spiral staircase.
We would love to discuss the potential of your attic space with you in greater detail and help you determine whether this is the best move for you toward your highest ROI.