People across the world frequently move into a house that they love and wish that they had just a little more space in their home. Some people need an extra bedroom while others need a home office. Homeowners frequently turn their attic space into playrooms, bedrooms, offices and more.
Attic Conversion Cost & ROI
The National Association of Realtors report that the cost of converting your attic into a usable space normally retains 53% of its value if you decide to sell the house later on. They also reported that on a scale of 1 to 10 homeowners give their attic conversion a 9.5 satisfaction rating.
If you are considering converting your attic there are many different things you will need to consider. First you will need to truly evaluate your attic to see if converting it would genuinely give you the space you need. Some attics are too small to really be of much use while other attics are quite spacious. Take a measuring tape, notebook, and pen into your attic and sketch out the dimensions of your usable space. Will the space available truly work for you? If so, keep on reading!
Attic Living Space Requirements
Once you have decided that your attic space will indeed work for the need that you have you will need to consider whether or not your attic conversion is possible. You will need to look at many different factors to see if your attic is indeed a good candidate for the project.
• Increased Load: Adding a room to your attic will add an extra load to your home. You will need to make sure that your home can withstand the extra load that will be placed on it. Sometimes attics are ready to hold that extra load without any problems. Other times you will have to do some extra work to make it a feasible option for you. Getting some extra space in the attic is not worth putting the structural integrity of your home at risk. Future Vision Remodeling can come out and take a look at your attic with you to see if your home can handle the load.
• Access: If you do decide to convert your attic you will want to be able to access it easily. Many homeowners will add a space-saving spiral staircase. Does your attic have room for that? Most states have building codes that will need to be met in regards to the stairs and the size of the landing. You will also have a minimum height requirement for the space.
• Insulation: You do not want to take the time and money to build a room in your attic and be too hot or too cold while you are in the room. You will want to properly insulate the room so that you can be comfortable in your add-on.
• Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC: You will need to factor in the cost and ability to add electrical support to your new room. If you are adding a bathroom you will also need to include plumbing costs into your plan. To maintain the comfort of those who will be in the room you will also want to think about HVAC needs for your new space.
Attic Conversions, Remodeling & More in Redwood City, Foster City, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Gatos, Sunnyvale, Campbell, Loyola, Monte Sereno, Mountain View, Santa Clara & Greater San Jose, California
If your attic measures up well in all of these areas you are good to go ahead and move forward with your attic conversion. Future Vision Remodeling can help you design and build the room that you are dreaming of. Contact us today!