Once upon a time it was the spacious house that appealed to buyers. The opportunity to live in dispersive environments to be furnished in multiple ways meant being able to flaunt magnificence and grandeur, especially towards society. The vast environment gives a sense of grandeur and majesty, often becoming useless, if not completely inadequate. Today's trends, however, change course. No longer immense spaces, but rather small, if not even merged spaces, to recreate an intimate, sophisticated and, above all, welcoming atmosphere.
Today the small space is a philosophy of life: the daily frenzy and a series of logistical needs require the use of functional environments, preferably practical, easy to clean and to keep in order. The villa on the outskirts is replaced by the attic in the center, where the bus stop is a stone's throw from home while the workplace is only a few kilometers away. Needs evolve along with trends, and if once man focused on the purchase of properties that could remain for future generations, today he leans towards small rooms, in the center and whose price is possibly low.
A single word contains all this: attic. Cozy, practical and accessible to all, the attic is re-evaluated transforming the old wash-house of a condominium into a chic, warm and every-need environment. Whether it's 80 square meters or slightly less than 30, the attic is a room obtained from the attic of a building that, restored and made habitable, can become a real home.
Only one adjective characterizes it compared to other architectural structures: welcoming. The idea of minimal spaces, merged into one or two environments, allows you to make the rooms practical by being able to furnish with different solutions, dividing the common spaces (such as the entrance, living room and kitchen) with design alternatives.
The attic is purely of French derivation. It was François Mansart who conceived it in the seventeenth century, re-evaluating a space that was generally destined for other uses. The passing of the years and the evolution of the architecture has made it possible to improve the environments making them more habitable both in height and by extension, reaching the most modern and sophisticated structures better known with the term attic. If the latter is a property reserved only for a certain clientele, the attic is within everyone's reach, being able to buy it at competitive prices even if located in strategic places in the heart of the city.
The attic, today, is a question of space. The cities are expanding from year to year, crowding continuously. Finding a free home is a losing bet from the start as prices soar as the demands increase. Re-evaluating an attic becomes the ideal alternative for not giving up on the city: the renovation involves specific works and a considerable expense, which however meets tax breaks thanks to the deduction equal to 50% of the cost incurred.
And it is with this aim that sloping roofs and exposed beams are no longer a question of necessity, but rather a decorative element with which to enrich one's spaces. The attic, being at the top of a building, offers panoramic views and breathtaking views that allow you to embrace the entire city with a single glance.
Almost as if one could dominate the world from such a strategic position, the attic is also cool in summer and warm in winter, all the more so if the roof is re-evaluated with insulation and coats. The opportunity to install stoves and fireplaces without affecting much on the building also allows you to reassess energy performance by being able to install different solutions with minimal environmental impact.
Discover how to renovate the attic and live in the attic with a project defined in every detail
Home refurbishing is a project to be defined in every detail. Especially if it's an attic whose restructuring costs they include costs necessary to obtain those certificates that allow the habitability of the attic. Creating a custom-made home is a contemporary trend, even more so if you smell the deal of buying a property with an attached attic.
Regardless of whether you are in the center, in a resort area or a country barn, it is essential for the attic to be an architectural project designed down to the smallest detail to recover the ceilings. Nothing will be left to chance while the cost for renovations of the house may vary by sqm.
There are numerous elements to be taken into consideration when drafting a project. First and foremost stands out the roof renovation which, corresponding to the attic ceiling, must be adequately insulated to avoid infiltration of humidity and rain. In this case it is necessary to evaluate whether the expense falls to the sole owner of the attic or can be divided among the condominiums because, if the attic represents the top floor of a condominium, the roof is a job that is up to everyone in many cases. the owners of the building.
The situation is different when the building belongs to only one person. In this case, the cost of thermal roofing is borne by the owner alone, who will be able to choose the best solution to obtain thermal insulation suited to his needs. The insulation protects the interiors of the attic from humidity and the sun, being able to keep it cool and dry, also minimizing heat loss during the winter.
A second aspect that should not be underestimated in the renovation of an attic is the subdivision of the internal plan. To make an attic welcoming and livable, it is necessary to define a number of rooms whose width will be proportional to the spaces at your disposal. An attic of 30 square meters can contain a maximum of two rooms, including a bedroom, a small bathroom and a living room - kitchen.
A greater square footage allows you to obtain more environments and make them suitable for your needs. From an attic of 80 square meters it is possible to obtain an entrance - kitchen with sitting area, a bathroom and two bedrooms. An intermediate room can be adapted by exploiting the space of the living area to obtain a single kitchen and a small entrance, however leaving out two bedrooms to be used as the sleeping area. The latter, for different needs, could be reduced to just one, even more so if you want to allocate the attic to singles or a young couple.
Another factor is the light created through openings such as doors and windows. Some companies in the sector, as well as some architects, recommend solutions such as skylights and roof windows. The solution is fascinating and beautiful at the same time, exploiting it above all to improve the interior light of the rooms. The skylight, in fact, is an opening located near the roof, whose function is to heat the rooms and allow air to circulate.
An elegant and impressive alternative is the roof window. Similar to the skylight in terms of functionality, it differs from the latter in size and in the possibility of obtaining benefits from its installation. By receiving the light directly, it is possible to keep indoor environments warm during the winter seasons, using blackout systems to reduce the heat during the summer seasons. The roof window will offer a truly unique view of the sky, transforming an architectural element into a very elegant trendy furniture.
Interior renovations of an attic do not stop only at the structural aspect to create a bespoke attic. It is also necessary to include among the expenses work that is less important, but still necessary to improve the environment. Above all, kitchen, bathroom and flooring coverings are a necessary purchase because tiles can become a decorative element replacing traditional furnishings.
The cost per square meter varies according to a number of factors, including the choice of materials and installation. No problem arises if the renovations serve to make the attic livable, unlike the simple renovation of the interiors already prepared to be habitable. In the latter case it is possible to opt for laying the ceramics on the existing floor, or for removing the tiles by replacing them with new ones.
In this case, the expense will also include disposal costs, in addition to the labor of a professional. The ceramics can be chosen from porcelain stoneware, a marble-effect tile, a parquet or a laminate and each idea can re-evaluate the attic in many ways, making each room unique and exclusive. Wall coverings can range from decorative ceramics to majolica, being able to prefer simple solutions for the sole purpose of preserving the walls from humidity.
The works of renovation of an attic they must be performed with the aim of upgrading the interior from an energy point of view. There has been talk of insulation, but it is necessary to dwell on the choice of materials by focusing on double-glazed windows and stoves that heat the rooms in a short time. Light is also an important aspect: the reduced space of the attic can be improved with windows, coverings and solutions that make an optical effect of amplitude and volume.
For example, it is not recommended to choose walls painted with dark colors, preferring warm and bright shades that attract sunlight. If you want to choose a modern painting, with a concrete, copper or wood effect, it is always preferable to opt for tones that can optimize the interior lighting.
The renovation of an attic allows obtaining tax benefits by following specific rules. Deductions for restructuring of an attic are accessible when the real estate unit, already existing and regularly registered in the land registry, is modified in its intended use from a wash house to a residential home. This is a redevelopment of the environments that is appreciated by the law. Additions (such as extensions in height of the roof) will not be deductible, including in the tax return only the expenses made on the existing real estate unit.
In the event that the attic is already habitable, equipped with systems but restructured for a re-evaluation from the energy point of view, it is possible to obtain a tax deduction up to 65%, especially if it concerns parts in common with the condominium. The renovation of the roof, in fact, not only facilitates the owner of the attic, guaranteeing instead an advantage also towards the other condominiums that will be able to obtain benefits in terms of aesthetics and functionality.
An attic can be comfortable and habitable, suitable for a family but also for young couples. An adequate renovation will allow to improve the interior making it efficient and, above all, beautiful.
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