If you want to add square footage to your home, consider tapping into your attic space. Depending on the pitch of your roof and the configuration of your tables, your attic could add a spare room or two. The possibilities are practically endless — you could create a master suite, playroom, gym, extra bedroom, or anything else you can dream up. Check out these four ways to make it happen.
Build a Fun Spiral Staircase:
You’ll need access to the new spare room in your attic, and a spiral staircase is a fun option. It takes up the least amount of space and will make the attic more special. You can buy a prefabricated spiral staircase to install in your home, which saves a lot of money because you don’t need plans drawn up for custom access. Plus, a spiral staircase gives your home more character and charm.
Invest in a Ductless Air System:
Most attics have ductwork that can get in the way of your spare room renovation plans. However, you can eliminate the ducts by investing in a ductless air system for your home. There is an initial investment cost, but installing a ductless air system has several benefits, such as cleaner air, less dust accumulation in your home, and no creaky vents. It’s also easier to control the temperature of different rooms in your home because all units have their own controls.
Plan-Heating and Cooling:
If your current HVAC system isn’t strong enough to support the new space in your attic, make sure that you install a window AC unit and heating unit to keep your attic space comfortable all year-round. Without the proper HVAC accommodations, you won’t be able to use your attic space as much as you’d like. If you’re not sure what your current HVAC system can support, consult a professional. An attic remodel is a great time to invest in a new system, especially if you move it to the attic. This frees up additional space on the main level of your home.
Attics are typically filled with one to two feet of insulation to keep homes cool in the summer and warm in the winter. When you’re transforming your attic space, you need a plan on how you will replace the insulation you remove because you’ll no longer have as much space to blow in insulation once your attic remodels is in progress. It’s best to use a blown-in insulation in the walls and ceiling of your new attic space to make sure you prevent heating and cooling loss from your home. If you neglect the insulation, you’ll waste a lot of money on your heating and cooling bill.
It’s time to act on your big dreams of converting your attic space into a spare room. The investment is worth your time because it increases the value of your home and helps your family have more room to spread out. Start making plans for your attic transformation.
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