THE HEADS UP#1 THE ATTIC
Looking for a way to expand your home’s square footage without building an entire new addition? Look up!
If the space above your head stands empty, chances are good you can transform your blank attic canvas into an entertainment area, play room, craft room or man cave. The benefit of utilizing this already-existing space is, of course, the cost. Since you can already use the existing framework and roof, the financial investment can come in much smaller than it would if you needed a new addition.
There are a few things you need to look for prior to starting the project:
The 7s. Codes vary from place to place but the Rule of 7 for using an attic as an actual room typically applies. At least half of your attic space must be 7 feet high by 7 feet wide, with a total of 70 square feet.
Climbing up. Pull down stairs won’t work for an attic room, so you must add a permanent staircase. This brings up the question of what remains below, where the stairs begin. Is there a good spot for them to start on the floor below? How much of that living space will be lost upon building the staircase? Is there a place to create the staircase that will not interrupt the rest of the room’s flow? If your attic pull down space is in the hallway, you might have a great option for remodelling upstairs. If they begin in the master bedroom, though, creating a staircase will require a bit more work.
Insulation. Because this room is next to the roof you’ll find it feels cooler or warmer than the rest of the house depending on the weather outside. For this reason it’s important to properly insulate the space.
The full article can be found at http://www.greatdayimprovements.com/how-to-convert-an-attic-into-living-space.aspx
Futon Company says: If you’re lucky enough to have an attic in your home a loft conversion could be a cost effective solution for maximising space in your home. Before you get carried away consider the practicalities, for example do you need planning permission; if you own a flat do you need permission from the leaseholder, and so forth.