Two tips for those who plan to create a living space in the attic of the old house they're renovating

10 January 2020
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

If the old house you're renovating has a spacious attic that you'd like to use as a living space when the property renovations are complete, here are some tips to keep in mind when you're working on this part of the house.

Paint any roof trusses you buy before your roofer fits them

If the house is old, then its roof probably won't be in great condition, and you might have to get some new roof trusses for it. If this is the case and you plan to utilise the attic where these trusses will be fitted, then it's important to ensure that these trusses, which will be visible in this living space, look as good as possible and complement the rest of the decor that you eventually include in the attic. The easiest way to do this is to paint them with either a wood stain or a paint in a colour that suits the decor theme you're intending to use.

If you plan to do this, then you should paint these components before your roofer fits them. The reason for this is that painting them after they're fitted will be much more difficult than painting them in their unattached state. For example, you would have to go through the arduous process of taping off the sections of the roof that the trusses are attached to (to avoid accidentally marking these sections with paint). You might also struggle to push the bristles of your paintbrush into the tiny, angular crevices where the trusses connect to one another. This might result in you having to leave gaps of unpainted wood in these spots, which could give the attic a neglected and unfinished appearance, even after you have decorated it. By painting them before they're attached, you can reach and coat every side of each truss and won't have to do any masking tape–related work.

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Consider getting some angular-shaped storage made

If the attic of this house is going to be utilised as a living space for the foreseeable future, then it might be worth getting a contractor to make some angular-shaped storage spaces that match the angular shape of the attic's walls instead of just buying some standard square- or rectangular-shaped wardrobes and bookcases and squeezing them into the room.

There are two reasons why this is worth doing. Firstly, it will allow you to use every tiny bit of available storage space in the attic. For example, if you were to put a rectangular wardrobe against a sloping wall, there would be an angular section of open space at the top of this wardrobe that you could not fit any other type of square or rectangular-shaped storage into. If, however, you had a sloped wardrobe specially made for this area that fit the exact shape of the sloping wall, you could use this entire part of the attic as a storage space.

Secondly, getting storage built that perfectly fits into the contours of the attic will look neater and more attractive. This, too, will matter if you will be spending time in the attic regularly in the future.