One existing area that is often overlooked by homeowners as potential living space is the space overhead. An attic can work well as added living area with proper planning and consideration. An attic remodel requires special contemplation to make it fit with and work for the existing home. Key factors include creating access, adherence to building codes, maximizing space and including modern design touches.
The first step in planning any home attic renovation is to add a staircase if one does not already exist. It can be tricky to find just the right configuration that allows access and maximizes space. Often a professional consultation with an architect is a good way to come up with ideas and options for the best approach.
Sticking to the Rules
Another benefit of speaking with an architect is the assurance that the project will remain in adherence to all local building codes. Generally, codes concerning attics fit the “rule of 7s,” which requires finished spaces to be seven feet high, seven feet wide and 70 square feet. Many attic ceilings have angles dictated by existing roof lines that will need to be considered both for code compliance as well as functionality. Another main consideration is egress, or emergency access. Adding windows, or increasing the size of existing windows, may be necessary for conformity.
Working with existing angles to create an attic remodel that is functional as well as aesthetically pleasing may require some creative planning! Adding dormer windows for needed light or special cutouts for headroom are several ideas to consider when in the planning stages. Using knee walls, which are short, vertical walls, for built in storage cubbies or closets can be a great way to free up floor space.
Designing a Comfortable Space
No matter how the floor plan turns out, the room needs to feel inviting after an attic remodel. Color is key to the mood of any room. Lighter, warmer colors will make the space appear larger. Wood tones will add a cozy feel. Additionally, climate control should be a focus of planning. Attics can be notoriously hot in the summer and cold in the winter, but with the right insulation choices, and the addition of a ceiling fan, the room can be kept comfortable year-round. Attention to all these factors will ensure that any home attic renovation creates a space that individuals want to spend time in.
If you’re thinking about an attic renovation in your home give us a call at Stephanie Fox Architect. We are happy to answer any of your remodel questions and work with you on a design that is both functional, beautiful and fits in your budget. For pricing information click here for a quote.