Attics are forgotten spaces and are usually accompanied with junk, dust and mysteries hidden in locked suitcases.
If you’re looking to add drama and value to your home, an attic conversion is an investment and should be added to your renovation list.
Now there’s reason to rid of your hoarding ways and make use of your full property by creating additional living space. Attics not only provide room to create storage, but it is also the perfect opportunity to set up a studio, bedroom, office, or living room (if you’re blessed with a big attic).
Some attics also contain stunning architecture when it is stripped to its bones; wooden beams, curved or deep sloping walls offers a degree of charm.
If an attic conversion is on the cards, follow this guide to help you make the most of a useable room.
Headroom – although you would need to call in the professionals to assist you with an attic conversion, one initial step you can do yourself is to check there is enough space to allow for a conversion. Measure the space at the centre under the ridge. 8ft (2.4m) clearance is ideal, although 7ft (2.1m) can still be useful.
Paint – depending on the style of room you want to achieve, paint the whole room the same colour. Architectural features can be highlighted by using a tinted version of the paint you have already used. Follow the traditional rule: to make a room feel spacious, opt for a paler colour.
Natural light – attics have some of the most scenic views, so make the most of it by installing a window where possible, or a skylight to allow natural light to stream through and open up the room.
Stairs – remember to make room for the stairs. If it’s possible use the existing staircase for the new one. Consider how furniture will fit in and out of the attic.
Privacy – just like any other room in the home, privacy includes installing blinds, curtains, or shutters.
Storage – create storage by adding shelves or build a cupboard in appropriate, or unusual, spaces.
Flexibility – if you intend to utilise your attic for different functions ensure you fit it out with multifunctional furniture so it can be easily turned from an office to a bedroom, or bedroom to a studio etc.
Soundproof – wooden floors can be noisy for those living below. Change flooring material, add insulation, or lay down a rug on hardwood floors to reduce noise.
Lighting – depending on the size and intended function of your attic, extra lighting will be needed. For compact spaces, a lamp placed in the corner of the room or one bright ceiling light may suffice. Recessed lighting and brighter bulbs should reach the corners of a larger room.
Bathroom – If you intend to turn the attic into a bedroom it may be a good option to install a bathroom, if space allows.