Need more living space or storage room? If the answer is yes, look up! Because if you have an unfinished attic, your problem may be well on the way to being solved. Attic space already has a floor, walls and a roof, so it is an opportunity waiting to be taken.
To be a good candidate for remodeling, the space needs three important ingredients:
adequate floor joist support
Headroom is of primary importance. Building codes require at least 7-7.5 feet of headroom between the peak of the roof and the floor. If you don’t have this space, you can also raise the roof (which is a project for an entirely different article – and budget!).
Another important factor is how access to the attic is gained. Will you have to carve the space for a stairway from an existing room? Or might your best choice be a pull down staircase? Remember, using a pull down staircase for main access is not acceptable by building code. Think about the traffic patterns that will develop to and from the converted attic space.
One of the most important aspects of using your attic is the strength of the floor joists. Most ceilings are not designed with joists that can withstand the weight that a floor must handle. This means that the ceilings joists must be reinforced which could be a complex process. While you might be able to tackle some remodeling projects yourself, attic remodeling requires greater expertise.
An attic conversion can provide your home with a uniquely designed space to serve a range of functions – an extra bedroom/bath suite, guest room, office, family room, exercise room or hobby room. Look up and you’ll never look back!