Attic, crawl space, loft: from relevant space to part of the house
Renovating an attic often involves a change in the intended use of the space. Many attics are initially used as storage spaces or attics, but can be transformed into habitable rooms or additional areas for the home.
Here are some questions to ask yourself before considering to change the intended use of an attic:
1. Can it be done? Before starting the renovation, it is important to check if the attic can be transformed into a habitable space. It will be necessary to check the ceiling height, the load-bearing structure of the roof, thermal insulation, ventilation and lighting. A technician in the sector can certainly be of help. Before starting working, however, authorization may be required from the competent authorities: it will be necessary to check if there are local regulations or restrictions regarding the change of intended use of the attic and request the necessary permits.
2. How would I like it? Once it is confirmed that it is possible, it is necessary to plan the new distribution of spaces. It will be important to consider natural lighting, the positioning of windows or skylights, the layout of walls and partitions. You can work with an architect or designer to create a detailed design.
3. What are the steps to follow? Once approvals are obtained, renovation work can begin. These could include the demolition of existing walls, the installation of new partitions, the correct modification of the load-bearing structure, the thermal insulation and the arrangement of the floor, windows and doors. During the works it will be necessary to install the systems necessary for the space. This could include the electrical system, plumbing for the bathroom or kitchen (if any), as well as the heating or air conditioning system. Once the construction work is completed, it will be possible to move on to the final finishing touches, such as the choice of covering materials for floors and walls, painting, installation of sanitary ware and bathroom equipment, installation of wardrobes and furnishings of space.
4. And once the work is finished? Once all the works have been completed, a final certification may be required to demonstrate that the renovation has been carried out in accordance with the law and that the new intended use complies with local rules.
It is important to note that the steps described above may vary depending on local laws and regulations. It will always be advisable to consult a construction professional, a qualified surveyor or an architect to obtain adequate planning and support for the attic renovation and change of use.