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The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Attic Renovation

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					The Do-It-Yourself Guide to Attic Renovation

Everybody has a dream house, but people can't help it that if they
already have one, they want to keep it changing or modified. Change is
good because this will not only improve your house appearance but will
also strengthen it in the process. If you plan to have a do-it-yourself
attic renovation, here are some notes to check out that might help you
decide what and what not to do.

Attic Renovation might be the answer for homeowners who want extra space
in the house to be used as rooms and utilize its function. But one cannot
just go on with the modifications without looking at the project at every
angle.

The Space and Framing
These are vital elements to your attic modification plan. You must first
know how much space will be available once the desired change is done in
the place and if that space fits what's required by your local codes.

Rafters should be used as the framing for your roof and not trusses
because the latter wouldn't allow enough space for you to pursue with
what you have in mind. If your attic is the type that is open, the roof
should have braces that are either cross or tie for support. This will
also be great to be used as installation for ceiling fans for added
ventilation.

Accessibility
You should also refer to your local building codes about the required
number of exits, windows and entrances to the attic are permitted. In
most cases, one outdoor exit is enough, but the room has to get enough
air through the windows and proper lighting.

The Headroom
This is the first measurement that should be considered when deciding on
modifying your attic into a functional room. Make sure that people are
able to stand and move freely in the space or else it will be
uncomfortable, unsafe and not fit for everyone. Again, building codes has
reference regarding the matter and one has to abide by such.

The Overall Look
If you decide on renovating the attic, consider each and every part of
the house. Decide on depending how the modification will affect each. You
should let a professional see your home to make sure if you can proceed
with the project. One should always think of safety before pursuing with
any plan.

So before you can change the attic, you have to strengthen the foundation
first. See if the first floor has any cracks or leaks that may contribute
to the sturdiness of the overall construction. See if it is safe to add
electrical elements from the main floor up to the attic and study the
safest way it could be done.

Anything that may contribute to the success of the plan should be looked
at. You may even ask the help of building inspectors to be sure with what
you're doing. In the end, you will benefit from all these because your
money wouldn't be wasted and you'll have an additional space in the house
that is fully functional.

The most important thing to remember when you want a do-it-yourself attic
renovation is to research on all the things that you have to know about
before even drawing out a plan.

Read through books about design, browse though the local code
requirements for safety and assurance and search the Web for practical
ideas on how to go about it.

				
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