Remodeling Tips – Need More Space? How About an Attic Conversion?

Looking for more square footage? Embrace the angled walls and convert your attic into a master suite, guest room, office or just a custom hideaway. If you have unused attic space, a remodeled attic project is a great way to improve the space and liveability in your home!

Attic Renovation is a Good Idea For Homes With Small Lots

If your home can’t be expanded outward, then expanding upwards into the attic space is great solution. It is also cost effective because it often is less expensive per square foot than a traditional addition. The attic renovation comes with a lot of space planning and energy-efficiency issues so make sure you work with a remodeler who is a good designer also!

1st Tackle How You Will Access The Attic 

The first step in planning any home attic renovation is to add a staircase if one does not already exist. It can be tricky to find just the right configuration that allows access and maximizes space. Often a professional consultation with our professional designer is a good way to come up with ideas and options for the best approach.

Know How You Want the Attic Space To Function Before You Start the Design

Attic remodeling means working with a design that accommodates beams and sloping ceilings. The more specific you can be about the function, the easier it will be to balance the structural reality of the attic with functional elements such as storage, lighting and plumbing. Depending on the existing structure of the attic and your budget, the roof can be opened up to create higher ceilings and taller windows that take full advantage of that rooftop view.

Heating and Cooling Design Is Very Important When Remodeling Your Attic

Attics are often the hottest or coldest room in the house, depending on the time of year and the quality of your home’s insulation. Creating a comfortable atmosphere in a converted attic requires expert planning. You may need to increase insulation. Because insulation has such a significant impact on a home’s overall comfort and energy efficiency, it makes sense to invest in the best you can afford. Spray foam is often a good option for converted attics because it can go easily between existing joists and create a tight air barrier without losing the inches of space required for thick fiberglass batt insulation. You’ll also need to consider how you will heat and cool the space. A heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system expert can help you determine the best approach. Skylights and roof windows can also play an important role in your heating and cooling conversion plan due to the stack effect they utilize to exhaust rising air from an attic space while providing abundant daylight and fresh air.

Plumbing is a Good Investment and Sometimes Easier Than You Think in Attics 

Adding a bathroom anywhere in a home is usually a good investment. Bathroom additions return about 60 percent of your investment at the time of resale, according to the Cost vs. Value Report. Creating an attic bathroom can be simple – if pipes are already present – or challenging if no plumbing exists in the space. One alternative to traditional plumbing is up-flush, which allows you to install sinks, toilets, showers and even bath tubs without engaging in major construction to accommodate traditional plumbing pipes. Up-flush plumbing cost less than traditional plumbing methods and is easier to fit into tight spaces – like the odd nooks that often occur in attics.

With planning and the right remodeling and design team, it’s possible to convert an attic into a living space that makes your home more livable and increases it value. Creativity makes all the difference in remodeling your home! Becraft Plus has completed many attic renovations over the years. Contractor experience makes all the difference. 

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About Becraft Plus

Since 1989, Becraft Plus has provided customized design and construction services to customers in the Washington, D.C. area. We specialize in custom home building, additions and remodeling, and whole house renovations with a focus on creating living spaces that are tailored to the needs of our clients.
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