Do you love your neighborhood but are in dire need of more space? Are you planning or growing your family or moving aging relatives into your home? If so, consider renovating your attic into a whole new living space, or remodeling your basement to add more functionality. Check out our tips below on how to make the most of your renovation!
1. Add an Attic Dormer
Most attics are short on ceiling height and, because of the roof shape, usable floor area. Adding a dormer for extra ceiling height, usable space and light is a great way to maximize that limited space. A dormer can be small, as in a Cape Cod's dog house dormer, or large, as in a shed dormer.
The wonderful aspect of implementing a dormer is that it expands the headroom of the attic space while still allowing the room to be finished. The space between the roof trusses and drywall can be insulated, maximizing your new attic space's energy efficiency.
Stairs to an attic or basement can often be less than adequate to safely move people up and down. This means that you may have to rebuild or even add stairs to turn the attic or basement into usable living space. So make sure that the stairs comply with local building codes. Working with a qualified builder is key if your design requires the moving of walls, as it is important to not compromise the structural integrity of your home.
3. Add More Storage
Though not useful as a living area, the spaces under the roof are terrific for creating built-in storage or sleeping alcoves for children.
One of the most popular choices in converting an attic space is to add a master bedroom. Using the nooks that are too low for sleeping under is ideal for adding storage units that act as clothing and shoe compartments.
Non-structural beams, as the rustic beams seen below, are a great way to add architectural details to the newly renovated space.
4. Add Multipurpose Windows
Adding windows to your basement remodel not only adds light, but also takes safety into consideration. Minor excavation will need to take place to make room for the addition of a window well. This is especially necessary for basements that do not have a walkout.
Most, if not all, codes require that bedrooms be equipped with an emergency exit. And even if your local code doesn't require such an exit, it's certainly good practice to have one. The nice part of having a window well is that it can be designed to be aesthetically appealing by implementing a garden ledge showcasing your favorite ornamental plants.
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