The first thing you need to do when converting your attic into a usable room is to check with an architect or a structural engineer. This is because you need to ensure that your new room meets all structural requirements as set out by your local or state authority. You will also need to ensure that any new windows or skylights have been properly placed for correct ventilation. Be aware that, generally speaking, at least 60 percent of the attic space will have to be at 2.4 meters high in order to meet habitation standards.
Most standard attic conversions will involve adding insulation, skylights, a proper floor, and a dormer window. You will also need a fixed staircase, with adequate head space. Usable rooms can be built in homes with a roof pitch of 30-32 degrees. Unfortunately, some modern homes are unsuitable for conversion because they have roof trusses or have a roof pitch of 15-22 degrees, making them too small for anything except storage.
Storage Spaces in the Attic
It is easy to create a storage space in the attic. This storage space can be used to store bulky items or things that you don’t currently need such as out of season clothes, sporting equipment, books, and old toys and so on. However, the first thing you need to do is to get your roof space checked for load bearing capacities, to ensure that it is able to hold the weight of any heavy items that you may want to store. Once this is done, a pull down ladder is all you need for easy access to your new storage area. A pull down ladder can cost anywhere from RM3000 to RM4000 and this is often cheaper than building a new wardrobe, yet you have access to a whole lot more space.
Ideas for Attic Conversion
Attic conversion is the easiest way to rapidly increase the amount of living space in your home. It can be done with a minimal amount of inconvenience and disruption and the currently redundant space in your attic can be used for many purposes, from bedrooms to bathrooms, sumptuous dressing rooms and kids play areas.
The following may give you some idea of the potential for your attic conversion:
1) Extra space for adults
You’ll be amazed at the views you get from an attic window in an attic conversion and, if you’re looking for somewhere to relax at the end of the day, somewhere to sit back and enjoy a glass of your favourite drink, then why not consider converting your attic space to a dedicated lounge area. Not only is it somewhere where you can go for some deserved peace and quiet, but a dedicated attic lounge provides a unique place to do a little bit of socialising with friends.
2) Extra space for kids
As kids grow up and mature, they need and crave for their own living space. What better than to provide them with their own floor of the house? We can design funky bedroom and bathroom combinations which will give your kids room to grow and a place where they can take their friends, somewhere where they can make noise without annoying the rest of the household and somewhere where they can sample a degree of independence for the first time.
3) Extra space for guests
An attic can also be an occasional room for guests to stay and feel welcomed. With their own en-suite bathroom facilities, any guest will feel like they’re being treated to something special when they spend a night in your attic conversion. If you’re a regular at playing host then let’s design something which will really amaze your guests and leave them feeling like Royalty.
4) Extra Space for business
If you run a business from home or spend your working day at home then an attic based office can provide you a separate and peaceful working environment, away from the hustle and bustle of home life – a must if there are kids in the house. We can design a fantastic attic for office use by installing sufficient power, light and ventilation required for day-long comfortable use.
5) A lovely blank canvass
We can provide traditional, contemporary or modern designs for your attic – and it is a wonderful starting point because we have a blank canvass to work with. Call us at 03-80713890 and let’s discuss your ideas, your needs and the possibilities of having an attic conversion that you will be proud of.