Are You Turning Your Attic Into A Living Area?

Have you always known that the time would come that you'd turn your attic into a separate living area? Perhaps the attic ceilings are high enough to allow that, and maybe there is a good enough space to create an attractive area that will give you more space. For example, you might decide to use the finished attic as a home office. Or, you might want the space used as a sleeping loft for your grandchildren.

Whatever reason you have for turning the attic into an extra living area, do you already have a plan in mind? If you don't, from arranging for attic insulation to painting the attic walls, here are some ideas that might help you.

Attic Insulation - This part of your attic redo project might not be the most fun part, but it's a super important aspect of turning your attic into a living area. It will take some money to insulate your attic, but it will probably be a lot more affordable than you thought it would be. The payoff is when your utility bill comes. Another payoff is that because it is properly insulated, the attic will be warmer during the winter months and cooler during the summer months. 

If you have professional insulation contractors do the insulation, they might use a blower method. They'll have the skills, the training and the right equipment to do the job. It will probably go faster than you anticipated. For example, if the workers start in the morning, they'll probably be finished by early or late afternoon.

 If you do the insulation yourself, consider using roll-type insulation which might be easier for you to work with. If you haven't worked with insulation before, allow yourself enough time to do the job thoroughly. 

Paint The Walls - When you buy the paint for your attic walls, think of the look you want. For example, if you are wanting to turn the attic into a dormer, think of choosing pastel colors that will add a bright feeling to the space. Stencil the painted walls with things like flowers, butterflies and birds.

If you are using the attic for a home office, think of going with a very light gray and choose black for stenciled words like, ​Roll Up Your Sleeves And Get Down To Business! White or off-white would be another good choice for the paint color for your attic office.