What to Consider Before Finishing Your Attic or Basement

What to Consider Before Finishing Your Attic or Basement

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TAB can guide your project if you’re thinking of finishing a basement.

Many households are experiencing a growth in the family unit with parents or grown children moving in. While this is a great way to combine incomes and save money, for many homes, there just isn’t enough room.

To eliminate the shortage of floor space, finishing your attic or basement is the next step to adding the space you need. Before taking on the project, there are several key areas to consider.

  • Assess the home and determine if an attic or basement remodeling project is possible.
  • Contact local authorities about building codes for your area, and research which permits will be necessary.
  • Consult with a professional architect who can guide you through the planning process.
  • Ensure whichever location you plan to redo has sufficient light and space. The addition of a dormer addresses the issue of small attics.
  • Support to the flooring is vital for attic remodeling. This is an area where the architect will know exactly what to do.
  • Attics and basements need to have adequate heating and cooling systems.
  • Address moisture issues that come with basements.
  • Don’t forget to include an emergency exit for safety.
  • Whenever you’re mapping the floor plane, utilize every inch of space.

TAB Associates has been serving customers for over 30 years in the design, development, construction and remodeling of homes to suit individual needs. So, contact us today if you have any design or architecture needs.

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