Adding an attic is popular for many homeowners all over the world. Gone are the days when an attic is considered just a storage area, or a place where you want all the stuff you no longer want to see hidden. Today, attics can be turned into almost any room – a children’s playroom, a mini-library, a home office, a guest room, your very own master bedroom, and even a bathroom.
If you are planning to have an attic added to your home, you have to take a few things into account, aside from your budget.
The most important factor to consider in building an attic is finding out the specifications in the Building Codes in your location. You and your contractor should comply with the regulations set in the Building Code to avoid any legal problems.
Another thing you have to consider is the weight of the attic you are building. It is crucial to find out first if the foundation of your home can bear to carry the weight of the attic before building your attic.
If you are intending to use your attic space like a bathroom, you have to consider many things, including the plumbing and pipe installation. Turning an attic to a bathroom is generally more expensive than turning the space into other room types because of the extra costs brought by plumbing work. It’s best to build this bathroom directly above (or at least near) another bathroom or a kitchen so the installation of a pipeline will be easier and faster.
You can expect your attic to be colder in winter and warmer during summer than the rest of your house, therefore you have to consider taking some measures to regulate the temperature in your attic if you plan to make it a livable space which you can use anytime you want.