43 Insanely Cool Remodeling Ideas For Your Home

We recently stumbled upon a great blog article that we love!  After looking through all of these great remodeling ideas, you’re going to be saying “How did I not think of that?”

Check out some of our favorite ideas below:

TreeHouseBlog

Custom Treehouse

 

Conversation Pit

Sunken Conversation Pit

 

Hidden Passage Way

 

Hidden Storage Nooks

Hidden Storage Nooks

 

Undercabinet Storage

Undercabinet Storage

 

Vacuum Baseboards

Vacuum Baseboards

Check out more crazy-awesome remodeling ideas here. 

Which idea can you see adding to your home?

4 Tips for Finishing an Attic

Building-code basics for turning attic space into living space

Figure you’ll need to beef up the floor, insulate—and more. Here’s a look at some building-code basics when it comes to turning attic space into living space.

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Access and egress
Code generally requires a full-size staircase with a minimum 6-foot 8-inch clearance above it. For fire safety, there must be two ways out—a second staircase, for example, or a window.

Ceiling height 
Any living space requires at least 7 feet of headroom over a floor area of at least 70 square feet, measuring at least 7 feet in each direction. At the Lyons’ house, this meant that only a portion of the attic was usable, though some of the low-clearance area was tapped for storage.

Floor support
Attic floors generally need to be reinforced with additional joists and a subfloor. The Lyons used a web of 16-inch-deep engineered trusses to accommodate wiring, plumbing, and ductwork, then topped the plywood subfloor with oak or tile. (Keep in mind that deep trusses will cut into headroom.) “Houses built before 1950, and some built after, may also need foundation work,” says architect Stewart Davis, especially if the project involves raising the roof, as the Lyons’ did.

Ventilation and insulation
Heat and moisture rise. This often means having to add air-conditioning, ceiling or window fans, and/or windows. The Lyons installed windows at each end of the roof to promote cross-ventilation. A layer of spray foam insulation under the roof and in the walls will help cut their heating and cooling costs.

source: This Old House

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