Things to Consider Before Remodeling Your Attic
Are you looking for ways to maximize the space in your house? Do you dream of a room to yourself, away from the kids’ toys and noise? Believe it or not, your attic is the perfect room to use for any or all of these ideas. If you’ve never thought about remodeling your attic and turning it into a functional room that accents your house, read on.
Attic spaces, by virtue of their location in the house, feature unusual dimensions that will impact design. From the shape to the interesting slants and pitches, attics make for a unique room that can be whatever you want it to be. With a little work and attention to detail, this space can become the room of your dreams. Here are some things to think about before remodeling your attic:
When houses are built, consideration of safety and building codes isn’t always applied to attic spaces, since they are not considered living spaces in that first iteration. There are some aspects that will have to be brought up to code, like having two exit points (window and door) and minimum floor and ceiling requirements. Many attics don’t have proper access either – a ladder will get old very quickly and isn’t up to code anyway. Standard code requires that a stairwell be, among other things, at least 36 inches wide with 9.5 inch deep treads.
HVAC, Plumbing, and Electricity
Not much thought goes into HVAC when constructing an attic, since this space typically goes unused or serves as a storage space. Electricity, plumbing, heating, and cooling will need to be extended to your new space to make it a livable domain. This means you will need to consult an electrician to determine the electrical needs, a plumber for running pipes, and an HVAC specialist to determine how to reconfigure your air. Reed Service Company can help you determine what your HVAC needs will be in your new construction space.
Depending upon when your house was built, you might have insulation in your attic, or you might not. Proper insulation is incredibly important, though, as your space will be unlivable in winter and summer without it. To keep your room temperate, you’ll need to use R-30 insulation for the ceiling and R-13 for the walls, at a minimum.
If some of the key pieces are already in place, such as insulation and code specifications, the cost will be reduced, but it is important that you plan for both the things you know and the things you don’t. You’ll need to set money aside to handle emergencies – call it your “just in case” fund!
Remodeling your attic is a big job, but the payoff is a usable room that your whole family will love. Unless you are skilled in both project management and construction, consider bringing a professional in to scope the project. Contact Reed Service Company today to find out how they can help with your attic remodel.