Adding a room to your home doesn’t have to mean adding square footage to it. A much more cost-effective way to do so is by turning your attic into a living space. If you decide to go this route, you’ll need to make sure your new room is up to code.
Here are four things to keep in mind when redoing your attic:
- Ceiling height. Your ceiling will need to be a minimum of seven feet tall in order to ensure that there’s adequate headroom. It also needs to be at this height over a floor that’s at least 70 square feet.
- Insulation and ventilation. Attics attract moisture and heat, so proper ventilation and insulation are essential. For ventilation, you can install air conditioning or a ceiling fan, as well as windows. Having windows across from each other is ideal, since this allows cross-ventilation. You can use spray foam insulation inside the walls and under your roof to keep out excess moisture.
- Floor support. When turning your attic into a living space, having adequate floor support is highly important. You’ll most likely need to reinforce the floor with a subfloor and extra joists.
- Access and egress. In most areas, building codes require attic living spaces to have a full staircase with at least six feet eight inches of clearance over it. It also needs to have two exits in case of a fire. This second exit could be a window or another set of stairs.
Creating an extra room out of your attic can boost your home’s value. This will come in handy if you’re planning on selling in the near future.
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