How to finish your attic
An attic can be used for several things. You can either turn it into a living space or you can make it into a storage room. Whatever the case is, you should make it pretty. In this guide, we are going to explore how you can decorate and finish your attic and how you can turn it into a space for living. So, without further ado, let’s begin!
You need to follow certain building codes
Your attic needs to follow certain rules and norms, and it needs to be safe. Here are some things you need to do:
The rule of 7’s
If you are buying a house with an attic in the US, you need to follow the “rule of 7’s”, Different jurisdictions have different enforcements when it comes to building and finishing an attic, but generally, it is said that you need to follow the “rule od 7’s”. What is that?
The “rule of 7’s” means that at least half of a finished attic must be at least 7 feet high. This also means that this area must be a minimum of 7 feet wide and seventy square feet.
You need to get a pro
You should hire an engineer if you want to mess with your attic. An engineer will assess if your house can handle the weight of the attic. An engineer will check your house structure, foundation, and framing to ensure that your house can carry an extra load. Listen to your engineer. You might need to strengthen the foundation and the structure of your house in general.
Finish your ceiling
There are many finishers for the attic ceiling. You can put so-called “wall frames”. You can decorate your attic ceiling with beadboard panels. Or you can make some wood paneling. Assess the overall style of your attic, and stick to a simple color scheme. The most striking part of every attic is its ceiling, and you need to make it beautiful.
Have you considered putting a ceiling fan?
Ceiling fans go hand in hand with attics. They are both useful and they can make your attic feel more alive. A ceiling fan is very useful for attics doe to the attic’s roof shape. Also, the headroom in attics is perfect for a ceiling fan.
Now it is time to consider what kind of lighting do you want in your attic. There are millions of designs and combinations when it comes to lighting an attic. Still, you have to stick to a certain style. The lighting style will define the look and feel of an attic. Just don’t fall into a trap as a homeowner, lighting can be surprisingly expensive.
You need to be creative when it comes to using storage in your attic. Attics are usually not that big, which means that they are quite prone to cluttering. This is why you need to use the attic space wisely. You can out drawers under the end of a ceiling. That way you’ll use space efficiently.