Lofty ambitions: Tips for converting your attic

loft1If you no longer want to use your shabby attic as a storeroom for clutter and family hand-me-downs, you can remodel it into a charming liveable area to accommodate your growing family – or a snug spot to meet your increasing Me time needs. The attic transformation project may require a little time and some extra investments, but the effort and the funds will definitely go to a good purpose: from scrap to serviceable and stylish, your loft may soon become your favourite reading spot, playroom or home office. Here are some tips on how to convert your attic without going overboard with funding, stress or manual labour involved.

Know thy limitations: Check safety regulations beforehand

Do not whip out power tools just yet! Before you go in wielding sledgehammers and electric drills, check the national and local building codes and safety regulations to establish whether your home has the necessary potential for extensive remodelling endeavours. Normally, an average attic should size 7×7 feet (HxW), covering at least 70 square feet and it will need to have well-supported flooring to withstand extra weight. Nevertheless, there may be certain country-specific norms with regard to plumbing, ventilation and lighting which you will need to take into consideration before you proceed with loft flipping. If you are uncertain about legally prescribed requirements, contact a professional engineer and have them examine your attic just to stay on the safe side.

Let the sunshine in: How to go around attic lighting

 

loft2Depending on the loft size, you may need to add extra lightning if you are to use the area as a functional part of your home. Homeowners whose houses have slanted roofs can consider installing larger windows, while a skylight or simple recessed LED light fixtures may do the trick for flat-roofed homes. To minimize the effects of intense sunlight and high summer heats, deck your attic windows with shades, curtains or blackout blinds.

Breezy, beautiful and balmy: Vital ventilation and insulation

 

loft3On hot days, attics often feel like a stuffy oven turned up to the max, which is why installing adequate ventilation is essential if you want the loft room to be a liveable area. Large windows will keep the room aired, and you can use fans to create additional airflow. As temperatures drop in winter months, your loft will turn into an icy castle in the sky if you do not weather-proof it beforehand. That is why you may want to consider using spray foam, mineral wool rolls, rigid insulation boards, wooden panels or room-in-roof insulation. (In some parts of the world, you can apply for local or government free insulation programs and get a chance to winterize your attic room without the need for extensive upgrade investments).

From floor upwards: Soundproofing the room abovehead

Since the floor of the new room will be getting more foot traffic than usual, soundproofing the attic is another aspect you will have to look into unless you want to turn in every night to the patter of footsteps abovehead. Use hardwood flooring and cover the floors with thick, full carpets or rugs to minimize noise levels. If you want to stay on the utmost side of safe, you can also install a layer of insulation across the floor: this will both keep the room warm and minimize the sound effects of your kids’ playtime upstairs.

Are you ready to convert your attic into a romantic nook, study room or nursery? Follow these simple tips, measure the attic room twice before you buy furnishings you intend to use there, and your revamped attic will quickly become practical, comfy and charming all around!