Creating a loft room in an attic gives you extra space in your home, whether as an office or bedroom. When planning a loft room, consider basic health and safety issues, as an attic is more prone to mould and poor insulation. Before you build and design your new space, however, conduct a thorough inspection to search for mould, mildew and water damage.
Inspect the loft room for mould, mildew or water damage on the walls, floors or ceilings. Look for dark and damp areas, along with growth that has a velvet appearance. Inspect anything that appears brown, black or dark green.
Remove mould from your attic before building begins. Remove the mould with a basic bleach and water solution. The mixture should consist of 1/2 part bleach and 5 parts water. Use an old rag or cloth to apply the solution directly to the mould.
Install insulation behind the walls or ceiling boards, if applicable. During the summer, attics become quite hot, so the insulation keeps loft rooms cooler. Similarly, during the winter, loft rooms are often quite cold, so insulation keeps the heat from the home inside the attic.
Plan the loft room in terms of the walls. If painting the walls, choose a light colour to brighten up the loft room and make it appear larger. Attics often have a pointy ceiling that limits the space in the loft room. Use paint with a type of fungicide in it to prevent mould from growing in the future.
Examine the different floor treatments to decide whether to keep the floor boards as is, or give them a coat of paint. Another option is to add carpets or old rugs, such as a rug in the garage you no longer use.
Install storage space, such as wall shelves and drawers. Loft rooms are limited due to the slanted walls, so use low-rise shelving units or drawer units as your primary storage. Avoid using large shelving units in loft rooms, as the only available spot for such items is in the middle of the room, taking away needed floor space.
Things you need
- Insulation packages
- Paint with fungicide
- Rugs, carpets or floor paint
- Shelving options