3 Awesome Ways to Use Your Attic
You might not realize it, but there’s an opportunity to increase the space in your home without building an add-on. In fact, the space might literally be right over your head. While finished basements are becoming more common, fewer people are turning to their attics to renovate them. This is definitely a missed opportunity, especially if your attic area is accessible by a door and stairs instead of a ladder. Here are three ways to renovate your attic to make your family more comfortable.
Increase Your Resale Value with an Extra Bedroom
Whether you’re trying to find extra bed space for your children or need a guest bedroom for relatives, one of the easiest ways to remodel an attic is to turn it into another bedroom. Not only will this give your family the space it needs (especially if you’re in tight quarters), it will also increase your home’s resale value when you decide to move on.
The key to turning your attic into a bedroom relies on insulation. Even the nicest flooring and walls can’t help you maintain the right temperature if you don’t insulate your attic. Plus, a lack of insulation will always keep the room feeling “musty” so no one will ever want to sleep there.
Turn It Into a Children’s Playroom
Do you have a crawl space that’s too big for adults? Oftentimes attics have areas that are tall enough for standing in some parts, but have slanting rooms that make it difficult in others. However, this slanting space is no problem if you’re a kid.
Consider moving your child’s books and toys into the attic and turning it into a playroom. This gives them space to be loud and messy without destroying the rest of the house or making their room cluttered. Plus, while they’re playing in their room, you can have the peace and quiet to enjoy some time to yourself with a good book or movie.
Create a Distraction-Free Home Office
Working from home isn’t for everyone. While there’s certainly an appeal to doing laundry and watching TV while you’re finishing reports, it’s easy to get distracted and miss deadlines. This is why many experts recommend having a dedicated home office that you “go to” every day in order to block out the distractions of your home.
As long as your attic gets cell service and Wi-Fi (which is easy with the purchase of an extender) then you should consider finishing the space and claiming it as your own. With a dedicated office, especially one that isn’t open to the rest of the house, you will be able to stay focused on work while the rest of the family knows to give you your space.
However you remodel your attic, you want to turn it into an area that provides value to your family. There’s no point in spending the time and money finishing it if no one actually goes up there. So look at your needs and how you want to expand, and design your attic to match your lifestyle.