Before jumping into the renovation, make sure to get an expert opinion on the foundation and structural strength of your attic to ensure it can carry that extra load. At a minimum, you will need to reinforce the joists and install the subfloor before moving any further.
Ensure accessibility – Once your attic space has been approved for renovation, the next step is to assess the access. Pull-down stairs won’t work for the loft area, so you must build a permanent staircase. This brings you to the question of what remain below or from where the stairs will begin. How much living space will be compromised when adding the staircase and will it interrupt any room’s flow.
Invest in quality insulation – One of the most important parts of transforming a bare attic is ensuring that you properly insulate with quality insulation while conducting your attic renovation. As the space is directly below the roof, you will find it feels much warmer or cooler than the rest of the house depending on the weather outside. If you are unsure about the best type of insulation for your area, seek advice from a local home improvement professional. There are several types of insulation from batt insulation to rigid insulation – ask a contractor what will work best for your attic.
Bring in natural light – One of the greatest advantages of turning an attic into a living space is the availability of ample natural light into your home. And trust us, buyers love it! As many homes don’t have skylights, dormer windows located in the walls of the attic are a great option. Alternatively, solar tubes can be installed to bring in natural light into the attic space. Additionally, let the artificial lighting fixtures such as recessed lights and scones enhance and complement the natural illumination.