Back To Basics: The Starting Point Of Attic Renovation

Let’ be honest; we could all do with more space at home. With a growing family and a house that’s doing no such thing, it’s important to make the most of any space you can find. Which is why many young parents opt for attic renovation. It’s the ideal way to make more room without tackling the mammoth task of moving house.

There are many articles about how to make the process of attic conversion, so that’s not what we’re going to focus on. Instead, we’re going to strip things back to basics. Before you even contemplate an attic renovation, you need to tackle the technicalities. Those are what we’ll be considering here. So, what technicalities are there?

The Condition Of Your Roof

Something many people fail to consider is the condition of their roof. You’re renovating the attic, after all. What does the roof have to do with anything? Put simply; it has a lot to do with everything when it comes to your attic space. Missing slates, for example, could lead to major trouble for your renovation if you don’t tackle the issue. Your attic is closer to the roof than any other room. As such, it’s the first place which will suffer if there’s a leak. Failing to check for issues like this before you start work could be a costly mistake.

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So, it’s crucial that you take the time to get up to speed with what’s happening. Often, we don’t even spot issues until it’s too late. It’s hardly easy to get up there, after all.That’s why you should take this chance to contact a local roofer who can take a look at things for you. If there are any problems, your roofer should be able to tackle them for you, too.

What’s The Deal With Insulation?

It’s also important to consider insulation. The majority of us have wool insulation in our lofts anyway. If you’ve ever wondered what that off-yellow fluff on your attic walls was, that’s your answer.

But, an attic conversion throws up some insulation issues. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you can use the insulation that’s already in place. While this did the job of helping heat your home, it won’t provide enough warmth for living. You may need to retrofit new attic insulation. Consider where that insulation would need to go, and how much it would cost.

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What About The Floor?

Some of us are lucky enough to have functional attics. More often than not, though, an attic is a simple and unlivable room in its original form. In extreme cases, there won’t even be substantial flooring in place. If this is the case, it’s important to address the issue before the planning stages.

Most of the time, it should be possible to build on whatever floor you have. In some cases, though, rotting wood means that the whole structure could collapse. Make sure to investigate the state of your attic’s floor before you get your heart set on this.

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