Sacramento Home Remodeling Contractor Video: How to Convert an Attic to a Bedroom

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Nowadays, it is more and more common for families to need extra space in their home. There are many different reasons for this, including having a new baby, having two kids who once shared a room grow to the age where that is no longer an option, and having an elderly relative move into your home. That’s not to mention how common it has become in this down economy for children to graduate from college and have to move back home with their parents. If you are involved in any of these scenarios, you may think that you need to sell your house and move to a bigger place. But before you make such a big decision, you may want to speak to an experienced Sacramento home remodeling contractorto see if you may be better off converting your attic into a bedroom.

Creating a new bedroom out of your attic can give you a ton of new space. However, you must realize that it is not always possible to do this in every home. That’s why you need to hire a creative Sacramento home remodeling contractor who has the ability to design an attic bedroom out of even the oddest shaped space. Some of the challenges may include: dealing with headroom limitations, figuring out how and where to add windows to bring in light, and solidifying the floor so it can support the necessary weight. But a contractor who has experience converting attics into bedrooms may have the perfect solutions to all of these problems, creating an amazing new bedroom that everyone in your family will volunteer to live in.

If you’d like to learn more about how your Sacramento home remodeling contractor may be able to convert your attic into an extra bedroom, take a look at the video below:

To speak with your Sacramento home remodeling contractor about creating an extra bedroom out of your attic, and other space-saving ideas, please contact the creative team at Russ Johnson Construction here.


TITLE: Convert an Attic to a Bedroom

NARRATION: The next project on our list is converting existing attic space into a bedroom. Now it depends on how a house is constructed as to whether or not there’s available space for this type of project. But this house is perfect.

There are a number of things to consider when you are converting an attic space into living area. First is good access. So, here we are going to have to cut out a few rafters and put a few headers in, in order to provide adequate head room through here. Second consideration is that very thing, head room. And in most attic rooms you are using your roof rafters as your ceiling joist, attaching your ceiling material below it. And, of course, insulation in between. It’s always nice to have natural light in any room, and in an attic space like this you have a couple of alternatives. One, you can go with a skylight or a roof window, but in this case, the gable is the outside wall, so we can put a few windows in there and take care of that.

The most important consideration is to make sure your floor system is strong enough. If the existing ceiling joists for the room below are not adequate to support a live load, it may be necessary to supplement them by adding new floor joists on top, running perpendicular. You’ll also want to look for any plumbing and vent pipes that will need to be rerouted to accommodate the new floor, as well as air conditioning and heating ducts that have to be moved.

For a little extra room, you might want to consider adding a dormer to the space, which will also add more natural light to the area, making it seem even larger. When it’s done right, an attic room can be a great addition to your home.

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