Are you reaping the benefits of your attic space? We have all been there before: you climb the attic ladder and peek your head in only to see a vast, dusty room filled with dusty boxes and Christmas decorations! Or, maybe your attic is packed with junk and needs to be organized so that you can get rid of clutter? In any case, with proper attic cleanup and renovation there are a lot of things you can do with your attic to take advantage of that extra space in your home or even add another room for you and your family to enjoy! You can also add a huge return on your home investment by renovating your attic.
Below are some suggestions to give you ideas on how to maximize your home’s attic.
1. Add Another Bedroom: The most obvious thing you can do with your attic that will improve your home is to convert it into a bedroom. You may need to add flooring and walls, and add insulation and weatherize it (call us for that!) and you might be able to add windows to bring in natural light and make the room feel more like any other room in your home. With the right adjustments, an attic room will feel like any other room in your home and often becomes the favorite room because it has great views, is cozy, and has a tower-like feeling! Turning your attic into a bedroom is a great investment because it adds livable space and square footage to your existing home, making it a true bonus room!
2. Make A Family Room: One great thing about an attic room is it can bring people closer together as a family room and it can be a place where a kid can be a kid. An attic room can be used to play games so that the noise does not disturb other people living in the house and you could make this room the place where all members of the house enjoy hobbies like crafts, sewing, music and video games.
3. Create A Home Gym: While adding a room to your house can improve your lifestyle, why not take it a step further and make that room a gym? Your new attic room would be a great place to have mats, exercise equipment, and machines to work out! You could even install your own rock climbing gym in your home, or a virtual fitness system through a video game console. If you are a person who avoids the gym because you like to stay home, you would no longer have to worry about leaving your house in the cold winter months! (Let Rainshield evaluate you insulation and ventilation for this project!)
4. Upgraded Organized Storage Room: Even if you want your attic to remain a storage room, there are ways to improve the usual method of shoving boxes up there to gather dust. It seems so easy to just shove things into the attic and forget it! A lot of the items you keep in your attic are things you have an emotional attachment to, so you don’t want to get rid of it, but you have no use for. The first step in organizing your attic is to get rid of the stuff you are never going to see or use again. It can be good to have an objective friend or family member help you decide what can stay and what should go. A good rule of thumb for things other than heirlooms…if you have not used it in a year, toss it. You can then add built in shelves or even closets for organized storage and to create extra space so you can still use the room for something else.
Make sure that whatever you turn your attic into, if people are going to be using the room, add a fire escape either with an outdoor staircase or at the very least a fire ladder that you can toss down in the case of an emergency!
Call Rainshield for any insulation, ventilation or weatherization needs for your project!