Can I Convert My Attic Into A Bedroom

Posted on: 26 April 2017

You might feel that you need another addition to your home in order to make room for a new family member, but adding another addition to a home can be very expensive. It is much cheaper to take the attic that is already a part of your home and convert it into a new room. One of the advantages of converting an attic into a room is that it can provide a return on investment. However, even if you do not see a return on your investment, most homeowners are happy that they chose to carry out the conversion. But in order to remodel your attic, you will need to know if your attic will meet the requirements.

Make Sure Your Home Is Structurally Ready

Your attic floor joists will need to be able to bear the new space. The drywall will need to be the type that can support plumbing, electrical and lighting. Otherwise, the costs necessary to modify your attic in order to bring it up to code might be cost prohibitive. Also, if your home uses rafters, it will be more likely to support a bedroom attic.

Learn The Height Codes

You will need to find out the height codes. If the attic is shorter than the required codes, you will simply not be able to remodel the attic. It may not be worth it to make the expensive modifications necessary for your attic to have the right height.

Have The Minimum Required Number Of Exits

Because of the egress codes, you will need at least two exits. This usually includes a doorway and a window. If you have an attic window, it is also recommended that you have an  escape ladder for emergencies. 

Consult With An Electrician And An HVAC Contractor

Before converting your attic into a livable space, you will want to consult with a licensed electrician who will be able to determine if you have enough breakers to handle the new load. You will need to consult with an HVAC specialist who will be able to determine if the forced air blower can move enough air to and from the space.

If you are lucky, you may have an attic that is ready to be converted into a livable space, which may allow you to avoid forcing two family members to share a bedroom while also saving money by not having to add an addition to your home.

For more information, talk to a professional like Wes Davis Construction.