As we head into uncertain times in the Australian property market, more home owners are looking for alternatives to moving into a larger house to accommodate a growing family or returning adults. Expanding the home by investing in renovating has become a popular option, with around $8.8 billion spent on it in the past year according to the Master Builders Association.
While Australia has never traditionally been an attic culture, seeing them as dark dirty spaces, but that is quickly changing for those who are looking for extra space in the home for storage or expanding the living space.
Now even leading architects are getting onto the trend, offering amazing designs for attic living spaces in hitherto unused spaces. This is especially the case of heritage homes from Victorian to Federation periods that have plenty of height in the roof. Expanding into the roof is also a great strategy for heritage listed homes that have restrictions on making any external changes. In this case most period houses can gain up to 30% more floor space.
If the height of a home’s roof space is too shallow to accommodate an attic conversion, a “roof lift” can be utilised to accommodate the needed extra space.
The options for creating a usable attic space start from just $2,500 for a basic storage space with flooring, to complete attic living space projects that could include a new living room/kitchen, bathroom, office or even a balcony. A family of 4 in Sydney’s Manly recently had this done for their coastal unit, freeing up the downstairs and doubling the floor space. This amazing value-add was produced at less than a third of the price of a 2-bedroom unit in Manly. A new living room/kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and a balcony with sea views were constructed in the roof space. Their two daughters moved into the upstairs bedrooms while the parents stayed in the ground floor with a study and bathroom for themselves.
In Eaglemont in Melbourne, another family wanted to stay in the suburb they love installed an attic in the steep roof-line of their inter-war period home. This family also created a teen’s wing with two large bedrooms, a study and bathroom.
These are just a couple of examples of solutions to the living space issue involving making use of the space in your roof which can be incredibly cost-effective, especially if you compare the cost to buying a new home or moving to a suburb you don’t want to live in for the sake of getting that extra space.
Read more about the rising popularity of attic culture in Australia on a recent article featuring the Attic Group on Domain.
Contact Attic Group to discuss your options for expanding your living space into your roof.