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Can You Convert Your Attic? 6 Questions to Ask
Can You Convert Your Attic? 6 Questions to Ask
Maybe you have always dreamed of a better master bedroom, as large as the house and as private as can be. Or perhaps your teenager needs more space – but you can't imagine where you'll make it. Maybe you want a little rental unit, or a romp room for the kids. The answer you've been looking for might be, literally, over your head.
You have two choices if you want to add onto your home's living space: either build outward, or convert an unlivable space into something you can live in, instead. As attractive as it sounds to add on to the house, it usually costs much more to build an addition, plus you have to worry about easements, buried lines and much more. For most people, it isn't very practical.
Almost everyone has an attic, however. Of course, some simply aren't practical to convert. Others are begging to be transformed. As an added bonus, an attic conversion increases your home's value significantly. According to Remodeling Magazine's 2014 Cost vs. Value Report, an attic bedroom adds almost 85 percent of the cost of the remodel to the home's value (also referred to as the ROI, or return ... more

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