One of the best ways to expand your current living area is to finish your basement or attic. While basement remodels are quite common, attics are often overlooked as potential living space. An attic remodel doesn’t have to be a headache as long as the right steps are taken during the process, as with any custom home renovation. Some of the key considerations include following building codes and regulations, maximizing space, and creating easy access.
Following The Codes
One of the main reasons to consult a professional builder for all projects is to make sure that your remodel fits with current building codes and regulations. Generally, codes concerning attics fit the “rule of 7s,” which requires finished spaces to be seven feet high, seven feet wide and 70 square feet. Many attic ceilings have angles dictated by existing roof lines that will need to be considered both for code compliance as well as functionality. Another main consideration is egress, or emergency access. Adding windows, or increasing the size of existing windows, may be necessary for conformity.
Once building codes and regulations are understood by the builder and architect, it’s time to determine the point of access. If a staircase does not already exist to the attic, one must be added. It can be tricky to find just the right configuration that allows access and maximizes space. Often a professional consultation with your architect and builder is a good way to come up with ideas and options for the best approach.
Working with existing angles to create an attic remodel that is functional as well as aesthetically pleasing may require some creative planning! Adding dormer windows for needed light or special cutouts for headroom are several ideas to consider when in the planning stages. Using knee walls, which are short, vertical walls, for built in storage cubbies or closets can be a great way to free up floor space.
Designing a Comfortable Space
No matter how the floor plan turns out, the attic remodel needs to feel inviting. Color is key to the mood of any room. Lighter, warmer colors will make the space appear larger. Wood tones will add a cozy feel. Additionally, climate control should be a focus of planning. Attics can be notoriously hot in the summer and cold in the winter, but with the right insulation choices, and the addition of a ceiling fan, the room can be kept comfortable year-round. Attention to all these factors will ensure that any home attic renovation creates a space that individuals want to spend time in.
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