Your attic is a dark and dusty area of the house that is used by most of us for storage. This area of the house can be so much more though! There’s a lot to take into consideration before renovating your attic into a liveable space so you better be prepared!
First, you’re going to want to make sure there is enough head space. Building code requires 7 feet of clearance AFTER your renovations. If you don’t have that, you’ll have to raise the roof line which quickly raises costs.
You’re probably going to need a wider staircase with a larger landing to be able to get larger furniture up there. Doing this isn’t always easy, some attics open a ladder into a hallway, meaning you’re going to have to find a new entry or you’ll be walling off sections of the house!
Don’t just buy a window air conditioner, it won’t be able to keep up with extreme conditions and ultimately it will cost more to run. An upgrade to your HVAC might seem expensive at first, but in the long term it will probably cost less to run, and you’ll have a more comfortable living space!
There is a lot to think about before you try to finish your attic, just make sure you do your research and talk to the right people, you got this! If you want to know more about what you can do before finishing your attic, you can read here.