Attic conversion is one of the best ways to create more livable space in your home without spending an arm and a leg. There are several factors that need to be considered prior to starting converting an unlivable attic to a finished attic:
Code usually dictates that at least 50% of a finished attic needs to be at least seven feet high, and the area must be at least seven feet wide and at least 70 square feet.
Because a livable attic may mean more noise in the lower rooms, it is important to use heavier and more dense floor joists and blown-in insulation will lead to less noise transmitting to the lower levels. Watch this video to see the sound-reducing qualities of different types of insulation:
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Utilize a local engineer to assess your house’s foundation and frame to ensure that your house can hold the extra weight that a finished attic will bring with it (to calculate your floor’s strength, click here).
Add a ceiling fan to make the temperatures more comfortable in the attic and to make it more livable.
Recessed LED lighting is recommended to avoid emitting excess heat and are out of the way.
Make extra considerations when it comes to cooling and heating your finished attic. Consider making the attic its own climate zone by adding a separate thermostat.