Creating an attic room from wasted space is an excellent way to add living area without adding onto your house. is your home a possible candidate to take advantage of this Attic Conversion. Below are a few of our most frequently asked questions.
CAN IT WORK FOR MY HOUSE?
Whether your house is suitable for an attic conversion depends on a number of factors. Those include the layout of your home, available attic space, roof pitch, type of construction, etc. We would be happy to schedule a time to come out and look over your home and discuss the possibilities.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Each project is different. But keep in mind your home already has a foundation and a roof. So finishing out the space can cost a fraction of new construction or room additions. Once a plan is developed we go through a budgeting phase to determine the exact cost of your project.
WHERE DO THE STAIRS GO?
Much thought goes into accessing your attic space. A careful review of your floor plan will help determine the best place to build the stairs.
For an attic bedroom you must have a staircase to meet code. In most cases a closet conversion into a staircase area will suffice. You may be able to regain that storage space by using space under the new staircase.
Staircases with straight runs are easiest to construct but take up the greatest area, just over 40 sq. ft. Depending on materials and finishing touches, such as newel posts and hardware. Spiral staircases take up the least area but are typically more expensive.
Our expert will be able to provide further extensive answers through an initial free consultation.
CAN I INCLUDE A BATHROOM UPSTAIRS?
Absolutely! Plumbing fixtures and accessory appliances are available that allow you to build a bathroom almost anywhere in your new space.
ARE BUILDING CODES ON YOUR SIDE?
Although home owners often consider building codes to be obstacles, safety and durability are the real missions of codes. Because local codes vary, your building inspector can provide a list of applicable codes and required inspections for your new attic bedroom.
Ceiling codes: Generally 7 feet 6 inches high over a minimum floor area of 70 sq. ft. If you have an attic shorter than required by code, you won’t be able to remodel it into living space.
Joist codes: Our on staff architect can asses your attic floor joists to see if they meet local codes and can support the additional weight of a remodeled space. Also if the rafters can support drywall, lighting, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC system components. Our initial consultation is FREE!
Egress codes: Regular bedroom egress codes typically require at least two exits — a doorway and usually a window. An attic bedroom requires both a window and a staircase to the level beneath. Having an escape ladder in clear view is always a good idea.
The structural framing beneath your roof — rafters or trusses — will determine if you can add an attic bedroom and what it might look like.
Rafters, internal beams extending from the peak of the roof to its eaves, provide a center open space that you can readily remodel.
Trusses, W-shaped framing that supports the roof, make things harder. To achieve the attic room you want, you might have to cut through, shore up, and otherwise alter the very structures that keep your roof above your head. It may not be practical. Our expert structural engineer will determine if modifying the trusses in your home is a good idea.
IS THERE ENOUGH HEADROOM IN MY ATTIC?
Most building codes require that a living space be at least 7-1/2 feet high over 50 percent of the floor area.