Boost Your Space with Attic Remodeling

By: Allison Millar, Contributing Writer
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Want to expand your living space without the cost of a room addition? Many people turn to attic remodeling so they can bring that unused space into their floor plan.

Attics present a great opportunity to add a bedroom, playroom, home office and bathroom. The trick is to make sure the ceiling height is tall enough–7 feet or more. Then do some research on the cost for heating, cooling, etc.

Room Addition Costs

Family room additions can be costly, estimated around $85,000 by the latest Remodeling Magazine statistics. While they are ideal for those who have lots of yard space and want to configure their own space, they also are time consuming. Many room additions take six to nine months to complete.

Attic remodeling, estimated around $51,000, presents a good alternative, as your costs will be lower for the following:

  • Materials and labor. Most attic remodeling involves a smaller space, so you’ll save there. You also avoid the cost of digging a foundation (and redoing your yard afterward).
  • Heating and cooling. You often can tap into the same furnace and air conditioner.
  • Permitting and zoning fees. You often can avoid the cost and extra time needed for a zoning variance.

Here’s more on how to plan an attic remodeling.

Attic Remodeling: What’s the Payback?

Attic remodeling also provides a better payback than a family room addition–72.2 percent versus 62.5 percent, according to Remodeling Magazine. And, that $51,000 price tag? It sounds high. You could cut the cost by $10,000 to $15,000 by eliminating the bathroom and scaling back on the finishes.

Try these cool pictures of attic bedrooms from HGTV. Or, try a kid’s playroom and all you’ll need is the drywall, lighting, some storage, and the heating and cooling.

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  1. One Response to “Boost Your Space with Attic Remodeling”

  2. jamie
    Nov 22, 2010

    We remodeled our attic into a guest space, but it is so nice cozy that we go up there all the time to use it. I like attics, although I can not stand basement bedrooms. They feel like prisons!

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