Growing families or people who want an extra living space take into consideration adjusting the attic and making it an important element within the house. Unlike other arrangement spaces, the attics, especially those in old houses require a series of essential measures that will be decisive for getting the necessary comfort.
The first step and one of the most important is to ask for the opinion of a specialist. A successful project depends, among other things, on the details you provide to the architect, engineer and designer. An important detail is the access path to the attic. Therefore, taking into account that the attic can have both a ladder inside the house, and a separate access route from the outside, through which the attic space becomes autonomous. Before making plans to renovate and furnish, the owner should contact a specialist to determine whether renovating the ground floor can support the extra weight of the bridge and what this action implies.
If the answer is positive, it is necessary to draw up a plan of subdivision, meaning to settle the functions fulfilled by the attic: of you want to transform it into a bedroom for you, or your child, or if you want to make it the cozy and bohemian living that will awe your guests, if you plan on having your own library or other storage deposit – again you must consider a few things such as humidity level and temperature differences -, or if you want to transform the place into your personal home-office, these things imply different actions and decisions, so you must settle things down very clearly. This information will help the designer / architect to undertake a project of family planning. Space subdivision is established and functions depending on the position of natural light sources – just to give one example. Another one would be the heating source and so on and so forth.
An essential step and equally costly transformation consists in waterproofing the attic, in order to prevent any infiltration of water, and the thermal insulation of the space. If space is very well insulated, you have optimum temperatures in summer and winter, and low maintenance bills.
Choosing carpentry represents a costly step, but very important for the final result. With a quality joinery can prevent heat loss and thus high maintenance costs. In addition, a joiner resistance can be used for many years, thus avoiding repairs or replacements.
Another important step is to strengthen the floor beams in care there are required as additional elements. Sometimes it may be necessary to also include strengthening the foundation. The older the house is, the more the attic involves multiple transformations. For example, in some, if not most cases, the roof needs complete repairs.
It is good that the management plan includes the placement of all decorative and household items and the rest of sockets and switches.
The overall adorning of the room – including here all finishes, furnishings, accessories etc. – is up to you and your own tastes and budget and that should be the subject of a future article.
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