How to construct an attic crawl space and insulation.
When you get to a point where you need to extend your home, you think of an attic.
Plan for its construction rather than having to deal with extensions in the future.
I could do it too and embarked on research to find out how they build the attic crawl spaces.
At first, I thought that the ceiling concerned the masons more than it did me, only to realize I was wrong.
With a good idea of the construction process of the attic, I have a better chance at reorganizing my home and making better use of the ceiling.
Therefore, it became crucial that I figure out how an attic crawl space works and its construction.
But before we get into that, here are some guidelines to help you as you go along:
- Importance of attic crawl spaces
- How do you build an attic crawl space?
- What steps do you take to finish up on the floor?
- Process of finishing the wall and ceiling
Benefits of an attic crawl space
It might not seem like it, but completing attic crawl spaces can and is beneficial in terms of storage space and may make an additional room.
For an inexperienced person, this venture might seem unnecessary and a waste of energy, but as stated above, it can be very beneficial.
For this to work and be successful, we have to deal with three vital parts, the walls the floor and last but not least, the ceiling.
You achieve this in the following way.
Finishing the floor
Make sure you present the plan to complete your attic to the local authorities seeking approval and before beginning any construction, wait for the approval.
With the paperwork aside, we are ready to begin.
Ample lighting is essential since it is very dark in the attic.
Set up a lamp, preferably a cordless one in your working space.
Now with proper lighting in your working space, determine the size of the attic space by measuring it.
Using a tape measure, measure the dimensions of the attic and identify the square footage of the attic.
This is excluding the ducts and permanent structures.
Keep a good record of all measurements taken.
Now determine how much plywood is needed to do the whole floor completely.
It is crucial that at this stage, you have all the tools available and ready to make the work easier and faster.
Insulation and fastening
You can further add another insulation before placing the additional plywood to make the floor.
After measuring the amount of plywood required start fitting them from, one corner as you move towards the crawl space entrance.
Fasten the plywood using nails to each floor joists and ensure within a single beam the spacing of the pins is not too significant.
As you progress from corner to corner, make the appropriate cuts always making sure to take care of your eyes by wearing glasses. Finishing the walls
Like you similarly did with the floor.
Take a tape measure and measure the square footage of the walls.
This is except for the windows and any other permanent structures, most importantly, the ventilation.
This number will be vital in determining the amount of plaster wood needed for the job.
If need be, you can place an extra layer of insulation before placing the plasterboard.
By taking a knife, make a v-shaped cut to the plasterboard and remove the unwanted parts.
Using plasterboard nails fasten the board to the wall joists making sure the spacing of the pins is not too large.
This process continues until you cover both walls.
Finishing the ceiling
Install new insulation between the runners before attaching plasterboard.
Using a tape measure, measure the square footage of the roof except for permanent structures.
This number will help in determining the amount of plasterboard requires for this process.
Like in the previous method, you shall measure the corner of the ceiling to learn how you show cut the v-shaped cut on the plasterboard.
After doing so, make the v-shaped cut and fit the plasterboard.
Fasten it with plasterboard nails ensuring the nails are not too spaced.