When you’re thinking of converting your attic into an added place of life and peace in your home, it’s easy to get caught up in the fantasy of what could be. And that’s fine for sure. But to end up with the end goal you’re hoping for, you need to make some important considerations and plan accordingly.
First things first. You’ll want to check for the obvious things that stand out to make sure you’re even able to build out your attic and if you’ll need to work around anything existing like a heating duct running through the middle of the room. Those hinderance can limit your options for sure.
Ceilings and floors. Make sure that your attic floors are able to support the added weight a room addition will naturally bring. It should be fine, but be sure to check before moving forward on any major work. As well, look at the height of your ceilings and take that into consideration, as this may limit your options or play a major role in where you’ll place things like beds, desks and so on.
Proper air flow is vital so the ventilation system should not be glossed over. Keep in mind that summer and winter temperatures will vary greatly and the ventilation needs to be able to support proper heating and cooling that’s both efficient energetically and financially to avoid freezing or overheating.
Of course, before moving forward, consult with a skilled contractor to get the final clearing to move forward. They’ll check for all of the above and then some, to make sure your attic is primed and ready for remodeling and expansion.
Once you’ve been cleared to move forward, it’s time to put your imagination to work. Start thinking of what space you need more of in your home, who will use it most and then of course, how you’ll want the decor and feeling of it to be in the end. Take all this into consideration ahead of time, because it will affect the end look, efficiency and technical choices you make for the space.
All in all, it’s not a very overwhelming process, but the details people miss are often the basic obvious ones, like layout, ventilation and floors. But once you’ve gotten all that taken care of, it’s a fun and simple process. Assuming of course, you’ve got reputable contractors on your side like ours at Unique Home Building in Dallas, Texas. So if you’re local to us, we’d love to hear from you. Talk to us about your next project and we’ll see you through it.