Carpentry Project In An Attic

by Herman Zona

Carpentry project in an attic. It is usually practical to convert an attic only when he upstairs space

(1) is of sufficient size to make a reasonable room,
(2) has ample head clearance of at least 7 feet 6 inches over a large area,
(3) has a regular stairway leading up to the attic, and (4) has floor joists that are large enough to support the added load of materials and furnishings. Generally, homes of Cape Cod and sonic bungalow designs have high
Unused attic space conveys easily into extra room
peaked roofs that make them easily adaptable to attic conversion.

What rooms are correct for the attic? Bedrooms, tor certain. Extra sleeping quarters rate as the number one project among all converted attics; and if the bedrooms go in, a bath is a handy convenience. To save money, try to locate a new bath above an existing bath to use the same vent stack and plumbing lines. Hobby rooms and workshops make as good sense in the attic as in the basement. And a playroom is a natural addition, especially if children are going to have their bedrooms in the area. Many people plan an "adult" family room in the attic.

An attic can often be converted into an attractive separate apartment for an older relative. While the pitch of the roof limits the living area, it can provide excellent storage space. The space behind the knee walls, where the overhead is low, is ideal for storage purposes, particularly for out-of-season garments, sports gear, luggage, etc. Be sure to complete the floor and walls under the caves so that the storage area is dust free.

What work is involved? Most of the jobs involved in attic conversion are within the capabilities of the average handyman. These include installing insulation, flooring, framing partitions, putting up studding and ceiling joists, installing wiring and electrical fixtures and outlets, and finishing the walls and ceilings. If the attic needs more floor space, dormers will have to be added. This means cutting into the existing roof and building an extension. Unless you have had considerable construction experience, this task should he left to a carpenter. Plumbing needs should also be left to a contractor.

To heat the attic you can either hook onto the central heating system or install an.electrical baseboard heating system complete with its own thermostat. Hooking onto the existing healing system is easiest if your home is equipped with forced-air heating. Generally, all you need to do is add lengths of hot- and cold-air ducting and join them to an existing system. Before doing this, however, check with a heating con-tractor to ensure that your existing furnace blower has sufficient capacity to heat the attic. Similar advice should be sought regarding capacity of hot-water heating systems. Remember while doing a carpentry project in an attic Good ventilation can sometimes be a problem in attic rooms, especially in the summer. The simplest solution is to install a large-capacity attic fan that draw hot air from the rooms below and exhaust it through the openings used to vent the roof. Thanks for reading this page on Carpentry project in an attic.

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