With property prices skyrocketing in the past year, many home owners may be thinking about using their equity to renovate. Particularly if you like where you are living and land is at a premium.
Attic conversions may be just the answer for you if you have sufficient roof space. However, this is a huge decision to make in terms of the future of your home and whether you intend to live in it for a long time or if you’d like to explore the possibility of renting it out. There are many advantages when it comes to planning an attic conversion that can drastically benefit you and your property in the long run. Before beginning any major step towards your attic conversion, it’s important to take a moment to consider all of the points before embarking on an attic conversion. This is where Mr Attic can provide you with the expertise and know how to make your dream come true.
The first thing to remember about attic conversions is that it can greatly increase the value of your home, however, you need to weigh this against how much it will cost you to complete the project itself. In many cases, if you are not comfortable with doing your own estimate, you can easily get one professionally done. Mr Attic can help you by giving you a free measure and attic conversion cost to help you decide on this important decision.
When converting your attic into a habitable room it is very important to check with an architect or a structural engineer. This is because you need to ensure that your new room meets all structural requirements as set out by your local authority. You will also need to ensure that any new windows or skylights have been properly placed for correct ventilation and comply with the Building Code of Australia (BCA). Mr Attic employs a team of highly qualified and experienced architect and engineer to assist you in this area. All our plans are drawn by a highly qualified draftsman with experience in designing attic and loft conversions. We will also take the hassle out of dealing with the councils and take care of all the necessary paper work that comes with it.
Most standard attic conversions will involve adding insulation, skylights, a proper floor and a dormer window. You will also need a fixed staircase, with adequate head space. Habitable rooms can be built in homes with a roof pitch of 30-32 degrees, such as Edwardian homes, Federation homes, and Californian Bungalows. Terrace houses are also ideal. Unfortunately, many modern homes are unsuitable for conversion because they have roof trusses or have a roof pitch of 15-22, making them too small for anything except storage.
Mr Attic can assist you by giving you attic conversion ideas such as the type of windows, fixtures and lighting that will be going into this new space. You’ll be amazed at how beautiful your attic conversion becomes with the right window, lighting and even cupboard or shelving so you will find yourself constantly drawn to this new space.
This client is passionate about the look and feel that his attic gives him and this is the fabulous and exciting result
Sleekness and elegance is the key to this attic
Even if you can’t convert your roof space into a habitable living space, extra storage space always comes in handy. It is easy to create a storage space in the attic. This storage space can be used to store bulky items or things that you don’t currently need such as ski gear, camping gear, out of season clothes, sporting equipment, books, old toys and so on. However, the first thing you need to do is to get your roof space checked for load bearing capacities to ensure that it is able to hold the weight of any heavy items that you may want to store. Once this is done, a pull down ladder is all you need for easy access to your new storage area. Those nifty pull-down attic ladders, which cost between $1000 and $2000, can be cheaper than creating a built-in wardrobe. The older style houses which we find during attic conversions in inner west usually have good capacities – the hardwood joists are typically one-and-a-half times stronger than the treated pine joists used in most houses today. Each square metre needs to be able to bear up to 400 kilograms of weight.
The entire goal of attic conversions should be to add more living or storage space and value to your home. Concise and precise planning will take you a long way and Mr Attic will help you achieve the most out of any attic conversions that you decide on. With Mr Attic, you can be confident that your attic conversion is constructed by a qualified and highly skilled attic conversion workforce. We will carry out the work quickly and efficiently with minimum disturbance and inconvenience to you. Mr Attic is keen to help you realise your dream of having a better home by utilising all that’s available to reach your home’s full potential.