Finishing Your Attic

In most homes, the attic is only used to improve the ventilation inside a home, to prevent mold growth and ice dams, and to store various items you don’t want lying around in the house.

Even when bare and devoid of most items, the attic itself is a pretty important part of the house. However, sometimes, some homeowners decide to elevate things and finish their attic.

Turning an attic into a livable space is something that’s already done by countless people; and why not?

Turning your attic into a fully usable room has many benefits, like:

  • Having another place to hang out in the house.
  • Increased storage in your home.
  • Ensuring that no space is wasted in your house.
  • Increased home value.

But it’s important to keep in mind that finishing the attic is not for everyone. Not all attics in residential properties are fit to become a livable space.

So, before you plan the design for your attic, here are some factors you should take into consideration:

1. The strength of your attic floor and foundation. Just because your attic floor was strong enough to bear the weight of the storage boxes you have placed on it before, doesn’t mean it is as stable as you have hoped it would be. Remember, if you turn your attic into a livable space, it’s inevitable for you to put some heavy items in it: beds, furniture, or appliances.

2. Sound insulation. Any movement in your attic can make disturbing noises for the people below. So, you have to make sure that you install something on your flooring to reduce the noise, like a thick carpet.

3. Check the local rules and regulations for attic renovation or finishing projects. The local government will have its own set of rules and regulations you need to adhere to in turning your attic into a useful space. Make sure you comply with these regulations to avoid any sanction and penalties.