If you are a homeowner, chances are good that you want to squeeze every last inch of living space out of your house as possible in order to maximize the amount of money that you paid for it. This means that you are going to want to make sure that your attic is as livable as possible. Here are some tips for converting your attic into a space where people can sleep or hang out.
1. Maximize Your Natural Light
The first step is maximizing the amount of natural light that comes streaming into your attic. This will allow you to make your attic feel as light and airy as possible. Whatever windows you currently have in your attic will need to be replaced with insulated windows to help keep the attic warm in the winter and keep the cool air in during the summer.
If you do not have a lot of windows already, you might want to consider adding skylights. The normal solution to the lack of windows in an attic are dormers, but these can be very expensive and take up space in the attic, which is something that you likely want to avoid. Skylights are much cheaper and do not take up any additional space. You can also get solar powered blinds that will allow you to control when your skylights are open and closed, allowing you to make your attic more energy efficient as well. Talk to the company that you are using to replace your current windows for more details.
The next thing that you will want to do is increase the amount of insulation in your attic. Spray foam is going to be your best friend because it is the most flexible when it comes to small corners and other unusually shaped areas. Be sure that you are insulating your ducts.
3. Keep It Cool
It is easy enough to keep your attic warm. Hot air tends to travel upwards and you can always get a space heater for the area. However, keeping your attic cool in the summer is where you might have problems. Take the time to talk to your window replacement company about installing a window or two that will be able to have a small air conditioner with enough power to cool a single room. This will make the attic a lot more livable.
For more information, talk to a company that specializes in window replacement.