Lacking space at home? Why not convert an old attic into a guest bedroom complete with storage options and ensuite?
Here are a few tips to get you started:
- Measure the overhead attic space below the highest beam. If there is sufficient room in the center of the area, you can build a slanted ceiling and angle the sides of the room down to the floor.
- Do your research. The roofs of many older homes are supported by trusses which should support the weight of a floor. If the house is newer, however, it might have been constructed with roof joists which not intended to support a floor.
- You may need to get a permit to start construction so make sure you check your local Council regulations.
- Sketch the bedroom space you will build. Include room for a small bathroom if possible. You can extend pipes from a bathroom below the attic.
- Consider building a couple of dormers to house windows for a bedroom area. A dormer window will create a reading or sleeping area since it opens headroom in the attic.
- Incorporate room in slanted areas of the attic for storage. You can tuck drawers and shelving in low areas that would otherwise be wasted.
- To save money builder Tommy Walsh and salvage specialist Liam Collins from Tommy’s Fix Your House For Free on LifeStyle HOME suggest looking through classifieds for old building supplies people are throwing away. Timber, steel, carpet and bricks are easy to pick-up for next to nothing.
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