Tips on Remodeling an Attic Bedroom Conversion for a Master Suite
If you’re seeking to add space to your home, start by looking at existing areas that are potentially useful. For many homeowners, the garage, basement or attic can often easily be converted into usable space. Usually, the attic is the easiest place to start.
When dealing with the attic, everything is already in place. There are no foundations or setbacks to deal with like when adding an addition. Most of the time, there are no zoning laws prohibiting attic conversion, and no concrete slabs to deal with like in the garage or basement.
One popular use of this prime real estate is converting your attic into a charming master bedroom suite. An attic master provides you with privacy, great views, and can add value to your home when it’s time to sell. Let’s take a look at some of the many benefits of converting your attic into a master suite.
Attic Bedroom: Cost Versus Value
While you most likely won’t recoup all of your costs when you sell, according to a recent National Association of Realtors report, an attic bedroom that includes a small bathroom has an average cost of $110,000 and returns 45% of costs when you sell.
While this is a decent return on your investment, the real value of converting the attic is the improvements to your lifestyle. The “Joy Score” is a measure of homeowners happiness with renovation projects. On a scale of one to ten, with ten being the best, homeowners on the average score this project at a 9.4. Creating a private, secluded master bedroom in the attic will add to your quality of life!
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While converting the attic to a master offers homeowners a great improvement in their lifestyle, and is affordable when compared to adding a new addition to your home, it may not be practical. You should discuss the possibilities with your design-build remodeling firm. They will take a look at your home and determine if it is a cost-effective solution.
When designing your bedroom attic, you’ll need to consider:
- Your local building codes: While you may not need zoning permission to finish the attic, you will need to meet your codes for ceiling height, updated plumbing, and electrical work.
- Support Structures: Your contractor will need to examine your home’s infrastructure to determine if it is physically able to carry the load of a finished bedroom. You may need to include an engineer and architect if you are not using a design-build remodeling firm. Ceiling height and usable floor space can be created by adding dormers if necessary. But this will add to the cost of your project.
- Infrastructure Issues: You will need to update electrical, run plumbing (if including a bath) and tie the space into your HVAC system. Some homes keep the air handlers and condensers in the attic. If your HVAC is located there, you will need to move it somewhere else in the home, which can add costs to your project.
- Access to the Space: Do you have an existing stairway to the attic, or is it accessible through a hatch? Your designer or contractor may need to create a staircase for easier access, and this again may add to your costs.
When considering your project, make sure that “attic living” fits into your lifestyle. If you’re planning an aging in place addition, ask yourself if the stairs will prove to be a problem as you get older? Also, if you have small children, you may not feel comfortable on a different floor away from them. If you have older kids, the attic might be the perfect getaway solution! Consider your project from all angles.
Your design-build remodel contractor can help determine if there are issues with infrastructure, for example, ceiling height, plumbing, and HVAC. They can provide you with a detailed cost estimate for all of the work involved including any additional costs like engineering. With proper planning and a solid infrastructure, your ROI could be higher than the national average of 61%.
Ideas for Creating Your Dream Attic Bedroom
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When designing your space, consider adding some luxurious amenities. Your designer can help you with options to consider to create a truly unique personal escape.
Consider adding elements that will bring in natural light. Depending on ceiling height this can include skylights. If adding a shed dormer to increase floor space, consider panoramic windows that can emphasize the view and allow plenty of natural light into your space.
One of the benefits of converting the attic is the beautiful architectural possibilities of the roof line. You can play up these elements with the creative use of paint, lighting, and natural light to create focal points throughout the space.
While adding a tub is always a welcome addition to a spa-like ensuite, your home’s infrastructure is an important element to consider. A soaking tub, especially when full of water, can add a tremendous amount of weight. This may require additional engineering or support work which can be expensive. Instead, consider adding a luxurious large shower.
Your attic may have tremendous potential and value when you’re considering a master bedroom conversion. The important element is hiring the right design-build contractor for the job. Make sure whomever you hire, shares your creative vision for the space, can bring excellent design skills to the project and offers only the highest quality craftsmanship.
At Joseph & Berry, we have created hundreds of spectacular attic bedroom spaces for our clients. If you’re considering converting your attic, whether it’s a master suite, a media room for the family, a play space for the kids, or a home office, give us a call. We’re always happy to show homeowners the possibilities when it comes to creating their dream home!