Previously on our home remodeling blog, we talked about attics and a few smart additions you should consider making to them if you want the space to become a functional part of your home. If you’re ready to remodel using those suggestions or beyond, that’s great! Few parts of your home are more fun to watch transform; witnessing your attic go from a household afterthought to a vibrant hangout room is pretty much as gratifying as home remodeling gets.
Attic renovations are awesome indeed, but just like any home change, you don’t want to go into it ill-informed. Below, Intelligent Design Corporation, your Maple Grove providers of home restoration services, remodeling, and more, tackles what every homeowner should know before taking the plunge.
Pick Flooring With Care
Of course, you should always make flooring decisions conscientiously, but attics require an extra helping of forethought in this respect. First and foremost, different attics can handle differing amounts of weight; you’ll need to take care that your flooring isn’t too heavy so that it doesn’t compromise the structure.
Second, you’ll need to make sure that that flooring can handle the seasonal temperature changes that most attics must ensure. Though you may be able to insulate the space, generally speaking, it’s much less stable from a climate standpoint than the rest of your home—which can pose issues for some types of flooring. The Family Handyman talks more about this topic in this article.
Insulation Is to Be Used Wisely
Take it from an insulation contractor: we love the stuff, and it has its place in attic renovations. When used properly, it can stop major heat loss and make owning such a space all the more affordable. But certain insulation types in certain situations can majorly cut down on headroom, which in turn cuts down on usable renovation space. Make sure to consider how much room you’ll need for insulation and balance that with how much headroom you’ll need to make the renovation worthwhile.
Don’t Cut Corners With Your HVAC System
Planning on heating and cooling the space? Don’t try to do the electricity up there yourself. HVAC systems are finicky, and one wiring job done wrong can mean a fire—which means fire damage. Always get professional help for this part of the job.
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