Planning a renovation can seem like a huge undertaking, especially renovating an unused space such as an attic. Here are some helpful tips to ensure that your attic renovation project goes smoothly.
Clearly decide what the space will be used for. Will it be an extra bedroom, an office, hobby room or do you just want to increase your storage space?

Make sure that the attic area meets building code. Once you begin to look around you may discover that a complete overhaul will not be possible due to certain limitations. There are questions you should ask when determining if your attic space can be remodeled into a new living space: ­

  • What are the dimensions? Is there adequate headspace? ­
  • How is the floor? Can it handle an increase in weight? ­
  • Air Circulation. Is there proper ventilation? ­
  • How do you enter? Do you have to build a completely new staircase or is there a pull-down ladder?

It is a good idea to talk with a professional and get an idea of the situation. A certified inspector will have all the answers on what sort of permits and documentation you will need before you begin.

Formulate a plan. If the renovation is small and you know what you want then it is okay to create the plan yourself. If it is a larger project that involves electrical, plumbing or moving walls, you’ll need to consider hiring a contractor.

Determine your budget. Knowing exactly how much you are willing to spend and what your costs will be can save a lot of headaches down the road. Formulate a budget and stick to it.

 

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