Many home owners find that the property that suited them well at the time of purchase can become too small over time. If you need additional space in your home, but you don't want to go through the hassle of selling your current home to purchase a larger one, then working with a licensed contractor to convert your attic into livable space could be a great solution.
Here are three things you should take into consideration before you embark on an attic conversion in the future.
1. Be sure that your attic is a good candidate for conversion by knowing the rules and regulation that apply to converted attic spaces.
When you convert your attic into livable space, your contractor will need to build everything to code. This means that your space must comply with the building codes in your community. As a general rule, the ceiling height in at least half of the floor space in your attic must reach 7.5 feet, and you must have 70 square feet or more of floor space. If your attic will not easily comply with these requirements during a conversion, you could end up spending a lot of money to bring the living space to code. Be sure that you check with a general contractor before beginning construction to ensure that your attic is a suitable candidate for conversion.
2. Be ready to invest in a high quality insulation.
Attic spaces are notoriously hot in the summer and cold in the winter. While this might not be a problem when an attic is unfinished, you will want the ability to keep your livable attic space at a comfortable temperature. One of the keys to controlling temperature in an attic space is to ensure that you have high quality insulation. Make sure your contractor plans to use a thick insulation (between 14 and 18 inches thick is recommended) to help you better control the temperature in your finished attic living area.
3. Carefully consider your flooring options during the planning phase of your attic conversion.
When converting your attic to livable space, it's important to remember that the flooring in an attic is not made to muffle sounds. You want to ensure that noise coming from your attic space isn't transferred into the rest of your home. Selecting a flooring material that reduces sound transmission is your best bet.
While carpet is a popular option for attic flooring, you might want to consider cork as well. Cork has the ability to actually absorb sound waves, ensuring that your home will remain quiet after an attic conversion.
Creating new living space in your attic can be exciting, but it's important to take some things into consideration before your contractor begins construction. Check to ensure your attic will meet building codes, select a thick insulation for your attic space, and choose a flooring material that will muffle sound, and you will be sure to enjoy your new living area in the future.