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Maximize Space In A Small Home By Rennovating The Attic

by Steve Warren, Realtor® 11/26/2018

If houses with unique architecture are at the top of your wish list while house hunting consider planning to renovate an attic space into an additional room. An attic room is truly one of a kind and will have all of your family and friends wanting to move in too. You’ll also maximize the space in your home and even increase the value of your home.

The first, and most important, step you’ll want to take is to ensure that you can legally renovate your attic. Do some research on your local building codes and contact an inspector for a professional opinion. It’s important to make sure your home has the right support in place to support the added weight your renovations will add to its structure. I can’t stress how critical this step is for both your family’s safety as well as your home’s value.

Okay, so you’re armed with building code knowledge and approval from an inspector. Now you just need a vision to start your planning. Part of what makes having usable attic space so appealing is its unexpectedness as well as the cozy atmosphere that can be created from its nooks and crannies.

A bedroom, either for yourself, a family member or guests, might be where your mind first turns to. Can’t you just imagine waking up each morning to a magazine spread worthy room? You could also create a room dedicated to entertainment. Think a playroom, reading nook, home theater or game room. You could even simply design a better storage solution. 

When dreaming up your new room plan to make the most of it’s one of a kind structure. Add dormers for both natural lighting and cozy nooks to tuck a chair or desk under. Create recessed storage in knee walls by adding cubbies and drawers. You may even want to design a seating solution that doubles as storage.

Another important task for your attic renovation is to ensure your attic has the proper insulation in place before becoming an inhabitable room. Attics are prone to both extreme heat and cold depending on where you live. Insulation not only helps maintain climate control but when added in the flooring it can help to reduce noise impact on the rooms below. Adding temperature controls to the room allows you to further maintain your ideal temp at all times. 

Attic spaces create a fun and uniquely structured room but can easily appear to be too small and dark. Create the illusion of more space and light by choosing paint colors such as creams, beiges, and shades of white. Opt for wall sconces, table lamps, and floor lamps when overhead lighting isn’t an option. If your attic doesn’t naturally have much natural lighting consider adding dormers for more windows and space or a few skylights.

For that classic attic room coziness look to beadboard or wood paneling to add along the ceiling. Additionally, when painted white both add a more clean, modern feel to a room. Decor with natural textures such as straw baskets, leather details, and woven textiles bring in a cozy warmth. However, attics tend to be small spaces so be mindful of decor and give each piece a purpose to add a personal touch without overcrowding.

Whether you bought a new home with plans to renovate or have room in your budget for something more than a quick weekend project turning your home’s attic into an additional room maximizes space and adds a unique touch. You’ll increase your home’s value and have all of your friends and family excited to visit to check out your latest addition. And while it’s not a quick weekend project you’ll have plenty of time to kick back and relax in your new room when all the hard work is done.

About the Author

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Steve Warren, Realtor®

Ethical: I am a client-focused, highly ethical real estate professional with nearly 20 years of experience in the housing industry. I will work hard to understand your needs and exceed your expectations. I will tell you the truth and operate in your best interest. I have the resources to find answers to most any question you may have concerning your transaction. Because of this, you can be confident that the information you receive from me will be honest and well researched. 

Professional Marketer: I have a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and am a professional marketing consultant with 20 years of experience marketing homes to retail buyers. I will use my marketing talents and experience to help educate you on the industry’s best practices concerning the staging, displaying and presentation of your home in the most attractive and marketable manner. This will help you sell your home more quickly and for more money. 

Internet and Social Media Expert: Current studies report that 94% of all home searches start on the internet. I have a high degree of expertise in internet and social media marketing in addition to conventional marketing practices. As part of my consultation, you will receive the same quality marketing that I charge up to $200 per hour to provide to my professional consulting clients. I will use the best and most effective marketing methods to generate buyers’ interest in your home. This will allow your home to be seen by more qualified buyers leading to a faster, more satisfying sale. 

Business AND Real Estate Professional: I founded and managed several successful businesses including both internet and brick and mortar retail sales operations. I will apply my resourcefulness, experience, tenacity and entrepreneurial spirit to the sale of your home and/or to assist you in your search for a new home. You receive the benefit of not only a Real Estate professional, but a business professional. 

St. Louis Area Specialist As an active, longtime St. Louis area resident, I am enthusiastic and knowledgeable about area cities, neighborhoods, entertainment and attractions. I believe that the St. Louis area is a great place to live, work and raise a family. 

Associations: I am a member of the St. Louis Association of Realtors, Missouri Realtors, the National Association of Realtors and the Mid America Regional Information Systems (Maris) MLS. 

What I do outside of Real Estate: I enjoy music, theater, dining out, craft beer and wine. I enjoy home improvements and gardening (to a point - I am not a professional remodeler). I am a model railroader and railfan. I am a car enthusiast, especially German cars, but I have an appreciation for all automobiles. I also participate and give back as a trustee for my subdivision association, a member of the BMW Car Club of America (BMWCCA), Porsche Club of America (PCA), Audi Club NA (ACNA), Specialty Equipment Marketers Association (SEMA), National Rifle Association (NRA) and the National Model Railroad Association (NMRA). I am a life member of the University of Missouri Alumni Association and Delta Sigma Pi fraternity. I currently serve as President of the St. Louis Chapter Porsche Club of America. I am a certified PCA high-performance driving instructor, driver and car owner in ChampCar, 24 Hours of LeMons and NASA sanctioned race series and an organizer and advanced teen driving instructor at Tire Rack Street Survival teen driving clinics. Activities in which I am involved have raised significant funds for Shriner's Hospital - St. Louis (EAS) and Ride On St. Louis in addition to training about 150 teens a year as safer drivers. For more information about me, my activities or the clubs and organizations listed above or, of course, to buy or sell a home or invest in real estate, please Contact Me.