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Easy Ways to Get More from Your Attic Space

Posted on 29. Jan, 2014 by in Home Improvement

Many homeowners have an empty attic because they do not know what else to do with the space or cannot be bothered with the effort.  Although an attic might seem like a waste of space and building material, it can serve a number of useful purposes, depending on how much time and effort you want to invest in making it more than just an attic. 

Turning your attic into a storage space is one of the easiest ways to put the space to good use.  If you do choose this option, there are several items that should never be left in an attic due to pests, temperature extremes, and humidity.  These items include photographs, paper documents, leather clothing, and wood furniture.  Usually, if something is valuable or sentimental, you should not store it in an attic.  So what can you safely store?  Items that are made of materials like plastic and metal will not degrade easily or sustain pests, making them a safe bet.

You could also turn your empty attic into a living space.  This can help you get more from your home’s square footage and add resale value, but there are a few things to consider.  Access is one issue; a pull-down ladder is not a long-term solution, so you would need to add stairs.  The dimensions of your attic, including ceiling height and slope, also need to be evaluated realistically.  If you are struggling to convince yourself that the space is habitable, a renovation may not be worthwhile.  It is also important to have the strength of your attic floor inspected.  Finally, you should be realistic about heating and cooling the space; even in milder climates, small portable units are usually not sufficient.

If you have little to store and making a living space is not feasible, you could still consider brightening up your attic.  Putting down rugs, adding proper lighting, and putting up wall decorations can make the space look more inviting.  Although leaving your attic empty is perfectly acceptable, since so few people ever see it, trying one of these alternatives to an empty attic is well worth your time if you want to get more from your living space.

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