Finish an Attic Cost Calculator
To get your instant cost of finishing an attic space estimate answer just a few questions about your home and your plans in the space below. Once you have your instant cost of finishing out an attic estimate we can help you take the next step!
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Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: What use is best for a finished attic.
A: Best depends on you and your needs. The easiest is for storage. Finishing your attic so it is better suited for storage is one of the easiest uses for the attic space. If you want to invest a bit more then creating a library, office or family room in the attic space is the next step up. Once you decide to create living space out of your attic then access becomes a major concern. If it is only used occasionally or by agile people who dont mind them, a spiral staircase is a good solution. If you want access to be easier for everyone then a full staircase is a good solution but they are relatively expensive to build and take up a substantial amount of floor space in your home on 2 floors.
Q: Can i put a bedroom in my finished attic?
A: Yes, a bedroom and even a bathroom are great additions to your home if you are thinking about finishing your attic. Bedrooms in attics have special design requirements for access – staircase as well as another means of exiting the bedroom in an emergency – typically a window but could also be a second staircase. Bedrooms also, typically, need better insulation and ventilation than if the space is used for an office or storage since we all are usually able to put with heat or cold during the day but at night, when we are sleeping we all get a bit demanding on temperature and ventilation.
Q: What is the average finished attic cost?
A: Finishing attic space average cost is $4000 for the total project and $20 per square foot. The average is 50% DIY’ers and 50% Hire it Done. Use a calculator to get a better estimate than using an average cost per square foot for finishing an attic. A dormer, a bathroom or stairs can increase the cost of finishing an attic space by 2 or 3 times the cost of a project that does not have a dormer, bathroom or use an existing staircase. If you have a modified two story attic finishing project you can still use our calculator to estimate the cost to set your initial budget. After getting the first cost estimate the next step is to develop a rough design then speak with a contractor to refine costs and find out if there are any major roadblocks that you may not have considered when planning your attic remodel.