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Home Improvement  /  August 28, 2015

Finishing Your Attic in High Style

If you find yourself wishing there was room in your home for an extra bedroom, a private office or even a state-of-the-art man cave, converting your attic into livable space offers you a practical solution. Increasing your home’s square footage also raises its market value, and that makes an attic renovation a cost-effective strategy too. According to the nation’s leading remodeling publication, you can expect to recoup more than 70 percent of your upfront costs when you sell your home. With help from the experts at Handyman Connection of Blue Ash, finishing at attic can be a fun and easy project, one that adds comfort, convenience and enjoyment to your life at home.

Practical Considerations
While every attic in Blue Ash and the surrounding communities is different, all share certain structural features that need to be taken into account before starting any attic renovation project. For example, most building codes require that at least of 50 percent of the finished space is 7 feet high. In addition to ensuring that your plan meets code and safety regulations, you may need to upgrade your home’s electrical, plumbing and HVAC systems. You can depend on our handymen for any home improvements you may need to greenlight your attic renovation project.

Space-Saving Strategies
The sloped ceilings, dormers and knee walls in attics add architectural charm to the space, but there’s no denying that they present challenges when it comes to making room for furnishings. Fortunately, all those awkward niches are ideal for built-in storage units. One popular storage solution in attic renovations is to build out the knee wall with a line of cabinets or shelves. When floor space is at a premium, keep furniture to a minimum by fitting writing desks, reading nooks and small beds into alcoves and dormers.

Splurge on the Ceiling
In many attics in Blue Ash, sloping ceilings take up the most visual space, so it makes sense to make them as attractive as possible. High-quality wood paneling turns attic ceilings into attention-grabbing focal points. Choose tongue-and-groove panels for easy installation or add architectural interest with wood panels with applied moldings. Pay careful attention to color choices too. Finishing the ceilings and walls in light shades will make your attic feel larger and airier.

Finishing Touches
When it comes to the livability of your newly renovated attic, details matter. The last thing you want is for the people who use the space to feel uncomfortable or cramped. One way to keep everything feeling open and spacious is to limit the number of doors and walls. Improvements like adding insulation or installing wall-to-wall carpeting can make the space feel comfortable, quiet and cozy. Including thoughtful extras like ceiling fans, skylights, and recessed light fixtures can make your attic feel as livable as any other area in your home-sweet-home.

The key to enjoying the full benefits of an attic renovation lies in ensuring that every detail is taken into consideration so that the results add value to your property as well as to your life at home. Whether you want to turn your attic into a home office, a playroom for the kids or a man cave that’s sure to be the envy of the neighborhood, the experts at
Handyman Connection of Blue Ash are here to help you make the most of your attic makeover.

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