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Transforming Spaces: Attic to Bedroom Conversions

 

Transforming Spaces: Attic to Bedroom Conversions

Unused space in a home is a waste and we know you aren’t looking to have wasted space in your home. In the Seattle area, one of the most common ways to make usable space out of formerly unused space is in attic to bedroom conversions. Not only do attic to bedroom conversions make smart use of dead space, but they will provide added value to any home. If this type of home renovation seems overwhelming, it doesn’t have to be. Attic to bedroom conversions can be simple if you work with the existing space and take into consideration some of the unique characteristics of attics.

Transforming Attic to Bedroom

Existing layout / design of attic

When completing an attic to bedroom conversion try to work with the existing features like roof beams and slanted walls. If you incorporate these design elements, they can add charm to your finished room. Installing drywall to follow  the existing roof structure and painting the ceiling is a way to accent its unique qualities.

Beyond the surface differences, attics are not structured like other rooms. When planning your attic to bedroom conversion, consider the existing shape of your attic. If you don’t have room for traditional storage due to size or the slant of the roof, there are always options like wall paneling or creating storage compartments under the smallest parts of the slanted roof.

Accessing your attic to bedroom conversion

In addition to design elements, you will also need a means for getting in and out of your new attic bedroom. Often attics are only accessible by a ladder, but this isn’t practical when doing an attic to bedroom conversion. Installing stairs is your best bet. If you don’t have enough floor space for a traditional straight stairway you can always try a spiral staircase. Spiral stairs are functional and they can add a sleek look to your existing space while taking up less room.

Windows

Windows can add a lot of livability in an attic to bedroom conversion. Some attics already have windows and these can easily be enlarged if necessary as standard attic windows will not supply much sunlight Whether or not your attic has preexisting natural light, try to find a way to incorporate more. Especially in a small attic space since a lack of natural light can make a room feel cramped and dingy.  More importantly in relatively small spaces, views to the outdoors and natural lighting will make the area feel larger.  This can be especially important in an attic to bedroom conversion. With the vaulted roof design, skylights are a good choice, we recommend incorporating a combination of skylights in conjunction with some traditional windows for every attic project.

Insulation

Attics are typically not insulated like the rest of the house. So when doing an attic to bedroom conversion be sure to upgrade the insulation. It will make all the difference in how warm and livable your new bedroom will be.  Plus the added insulation will help you to save on heating bills.

Air circulation

Since attics are located at the very top of the home, it can be very hard to control their temperature. Due to the smoke stack effect, attic spaces will tend to be hotter than the rest of the house. To counteract this issue, one of the most important considerations is the installation of a forced air systems that tie into your existing HVAC unit.  However, if you are like many in the Pacific Northwest, you may not have a central air conditioning unit to circulate conditioned air through your attic.  If this is the case, don’t go without the installation of ceiling fans because you will need them during those hot summer days.  They will help keep the air moving from the attic to the rest of the house and help to equalize temperature.

Note: If you don’t have central air, plenty of operable windows are a must as they can provide a nice cross breeze when you need it most.  Also, consider purchasing a window mount AC unit if those warm nights are uncomfortable. 

Attic Bedroom

Attic to bedroom conversions and you

As long as you work with the current layout of your space, an attic to bedroom conversion is a manageable remodel. Although it can be an easier home improvement projects to accomplish, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t ask for help if you feel you need it. HTPB is happy to help you with your home remodel and can work with you to help you make the perfect space out of your existing attic.

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