Converting your attic into a bathroom is a great way of maximizing storage space. Keep in mind that attic bathroom conversions aren’t as straightforward or simple as say a home office or bedroom.
Here are some of the things you need to consider before remodeling your attic:
Not all attics can be converted. For one thing, not all attics have enough space. Attic space requirements tend to vary depending on your area, but in general, building codes require finished attics to have a minimum of 70 square feet of floor space that stretches 7 feet in any direction. Building codes also require at least half of the finished attic’s floor space to have a minimum height of 7.5 feet.
How to Tell if Your Attic Has Enough Space at First Glance
You can check if your attic has enough space by checking your roof’s framing. If your roof has attic trusses, it likely has enough headroom space for a bathroom. Attic trusses, unlike conventional trusses, don’t need structural support and as such don’t take up as much space. Keep in mind that the only way to make sure your attic has enough floor space is to have a contractor or semi custom home builder inspect it.
Distance Between the Attic and Existing Pipes
The farther your attic is from your home’s existing pipework, the more expensive it will be to connect your attic bathroom to those pipes. This is the reason why the best place to build an attic bathroom is on top of your bathroom or kitchen.
Attic Floor Support
It’s common knowledge that metal pipes and toilet fixtures are quite heavy, which is why you’ll most likely need to have your attic’s floor support reinforced. To learn more about the requirements for an attic bathroom, consult an experienced custom home builder.
Sadler Building Corporation has been providing professional remodeling services to local residents since 1986. To get started on your project, call us at (757) 977-1041 or leave us a message here. We serve homeowners in Norfolk, VA, as well as the surrounding communities.