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How to Convert Your Attic Into a Spare Room

You don’t have to increase your square footage to increase the number of bedrooms in your home. Your attic is right there, and converting it into a livable space is easier than you might think. You’ll just need to keep a few things in mind as you remodel.

Check Your Local Laws

Before you get started with an attic conversion, contact your home association or check city regulations and see if there are any zoning or building guidelines that you’ll need to follow. This is especially important if you’re adding an attic bedroom to increase your property value. You’ll want everything in your log home to be up to code when it’s time to sell, and this might mean replacing wires, adding roof trusses, building a fire escape, or having a certain amount of vertical clearance to the ceiling.

Consider Your HVAC Needs

Some people want their attic bedrooms to have fully-functional HVAC systems for heating and cooling. Others are satisfied with things like baseboard heaters or extra insulation behind the drywall. The right plan for you will depend on how much time and money that you have to spend on your remodeling project, so do your research and consider all of your options. You might want to start with small changes rather than a complete HVAC overhaul.

Protect Against Water Damage

No one likes a damp attic, but it becomes a much more pressing problem when someone is going to be living in the space and not just using it for storage. You’ll want your attic bedroom to be completely protected from water damage. Check for any dark spots on the walls, and make a list of all potential pass-through points in lights and vents. Your goal should be both fixing current damage and preventing any future problems.

Add the Luxuries

The final step of attic conversion is outfitting the space for modern living. Whether you’re laying carpet or adding wallpaper, you’ll want to consider the real-world needs of the attic’s future occupant. Don’t buy lights, fixtures or furniture pieces just because they look cute in a cozy attic space: Ask yourself if they’ll have a genuine function for the person living in the room.

These are just a few tips for converting your attic into a bedroom. It doesn’t have to be a crazy and expensive remodeling project, but you’ll need to plan things carefully before you start swinging any hammers. If you do everything right the first time, you won’t have to come back in the future and renovate again.

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