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Attic Renovation Advice from a Pro

Attic remodeling tips from an officer of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI).

Thu, 5 Aug 2010|

-Hi, my name is Paul Zuke. I'm President of Capital Improvements, a design, build, remodeling company in Dallas, Texas. I'm also an office of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). If you're planning an attic conversion, here are a few things you need to know before you get started. First thing, schedule a meeting with a professional remodeler with design capabilities. Your remodeler will be able to assess your limitations and possibilities for your attic conversion. Deciding where the staircase is located and which direction the stairs face are important things to consider. A professional remodeler will have the experts check the foundation and supporting walls of your home to be sure that they have the strength to carry the additional weight involved. Have your attic floor check. Be sure that it's strong enough to support the living space as well. If your attic's insulation is weak, you will save money in the long-run on heating and cooling by installing insulation and sealing off air escape routes. If you're adding bathroom to the remodeled attic, the best location for that will be above an existing bathroom to allow plumbing lines to be installed straight up into the attic. For additional space and natural light, you may choose to install dormers, which are windows that set upright on a sloping roof. But you will need to consider how that will change the look of the exterior of your house as well. NARI's goal is to help homeowners find the right professional partner do their remodeling. We want you to get the maximum value or enjoyment for the dollars you invest in your remodeling. Enjoy your remodeled attic space.