Does the mention of an attic conjure up scary images of dust-laden books, relics from the past and a warm home for spiders? Do you dread the thought of climbing up that rudimentary ladder just to renovate that space or to pick an old item you need badly? If this sounds like your situation, you will need to mutter more than a few words of prayer!
But, even if this is your current situation, there is a flicker of hope for that space. With the current hard times and the need to make a little more money, you need to be savvy – clean up and remodel the attic into something beautiful. Remodeling such neglected space may require extra a professional but you have to make sure they have an insurance cover to avoid dealing with lawyers personal injury.
That said, you can transform the attic into your creative space, a library, a guest bedroom or a multimedia room. To bring the attic back to life, keep in mind the following tips:
- Include access
For the renovation of your attic, you should consider adding a staircase if one doesn’t exist already. Since it is difficult to configure space saving staircases on your own, you should consider getting an architect to help with ideas and solutions. Note that if you intend to use the attic as a living area, it has to have a permanent rather than a pull-down ladder.
You also need to include two escape routes with one specific for emergencies.
- Consider the strength of the floor
This is of great importance if you are thinking of making the attic one of the regular living areas. The flooring joists need to be strong enough to support more than old boxes, photographs, or holiday decorations.
Strengthening the joists will also help to reduce the noise from the lower levels of the house.
- Make the best out of the square footage
Making use of every extra space in your home is important. With the attic as one of these spaces, you need to maximize that wasted space. You need to put your attic to use as it is part of your home’s square footage plus, remodeling is cheaper as there is no excavation involved. Therefore, by thinking of the attic as unused space that can even increase the value of your home, you should make use of all available square footage.
- Focus on increasing the desirability of your home
If you are thinking of putting your home on the market, you should focus on finishing and remodeling the attic to increase its value and to make it more desirable to buyers.
If your attic has an extra bathroom, working on it and sprucing it up will make the house sell faster especially if your house has few bathrooms.
- Dedicate more love and attention to your new home
Buying a new home may not be a solution for you because of financial constraints. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t improve the state of your home. Instead of complaining about the current size and state of your home, you should remodel the attic and maybe, the bathrooms too.
Finally, you should consider whether or not the attic’s initial design was intended to be accessible and usable. The absence of a stairway indicates that there was no intention of making the attic a livable space.