An Attic Conversion is a wonderful way of taking advantage of an often under utilised space that many homeowner are lucky to own.
So for that all important first look, lets get out the ladder, open the hatch and see if your attic is ripe for conversion.
Before we talk over what you need to look for in assessing your attic space for conversion lets have a reminder of the care and safety that is required to move about inside an undeveloped attic space.
Always make sure that you step carefully on solid joists so that your foot doesn't go through the floor and also that you watch out for all overhead rafters so that you don't bang your head.
A quick solution and an innovative way to move more safely around your attic space is the easy installation of Attic Platforms which fit over the exposed floor joists to give you wider, safer walking space and a great platform for storing boxes, trunks etc.
You should always protect your head, use eye goggles, wear a disposible dust respirator and protect your skin and hands - especially when installing attic installation.
Looking towards the sides of your roof: (not the gable walls)
There are rules and regulations for access to converted attic spaces, these are especially strict if the area is to be used as a bedroom and very valid in emergency situations.
The best solution whenever possible for your attic conversion permits, for ease of use, esthetic value and saleability - is to continue up in the same size and style of your original stairs.
You will also have to take into consideration the installation of a fire escape facility - often via a dormer or velux attic window.
Usually a small box room or cupboard can be sacrificed to make way for the installation of a stairwell built to code.
If you are ticking boxes all the way so far with these basic fundamental requirements for an attic conversion you should now be in a great position to call in the professionals and work out a plan for your particular home.
Other important considerations when planning the project and finances for your attic conversion are:-
All of these are important to the successful outcome of your attic conversion, not only for your attic conversion permit acceptance but also for the quality of life as you use of your new attic space -
There is a lot to think about in the all important details but careful planning will result an ideal attic conversion which you can enjoy and which will successfully increase the value of your home.