If you're looking to squeeze out a little extra square footage from your home, you just need to look up.
The attic is an often under-appreciated part of most homes, and can be used for much more than it was designed. Right now, it's probably where you're storing holiday decorations and extra furniture. A few bucks a month will get you a roomy storage unit as well as a wealth of new possibilities above your ceiling. Here are some tips that will get you started on track to making your attic space the most appreciated room in your home:
• First things first – add light
Attics aren't exactly designed to bring in a lot of natural light – it just isn't necessary. So you'll have to do it on your own. It can be as easy as introducing lamps to the space (many light bulb companies advertise bulbs that are built to replicate natural light) or even adding a dormer to your roof. A skylight is another simple option that is gaining a he amount of popularity. And as always, if you're going to do anything structural to your home, consult a professional first.
• Speaking of structural – add flooring support
Attics are built to withstand light loads, and maybe a person or two walking gingerly across them. Beds, dressers, TV stands, and going to add stress to the floor that can make the room unsafe. Talk to a professional, and you'll get a much better idea of what needs to be done to make your attic as safe as possible.
• No stairs? Build some – or be creative
Many attics don't come with a staircase leading up to them, merely consisting of a hole in the ceiling and maybe a drop-down ladder. You can add steps to it, or you can get creative and come up with something that fits the theme of your new room. As long as it's safe and practical, the opportunities are endless.
• Take advantage of all the space you have
Because when you're working with an attic, that isn't much. Space is limited, and designing the room to accommodate that space is a must. Luckily, furniture and décor comes in just about every shape and size imaginable, so you'll be able to find something to perfectly fit the attic you're working with.