How Do You Rough Finish An Attic For Storage?

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How Do You Rough Finish An Attic For Storage?

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Mel Brandle

What do you mean by rough finish? I think it really depends on whether you’re anal or obsessive compulsive like me! Haha! To me, I like to make sure that there’s nothing left too much out of place and that things are as good as they’re going to get. Especially when it comes to storage areas, you can’t be too careful!

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One of the most overlooked places for extra storage is the attic. Typically the attic is forgotten because of fears of falling through the ceiling, and because of the difficulties involved in getting plywood through what is typically nothing more than a crawl space. While it is understandably a challenging feat to rough finish an attic, doing so will serve to enhance both the usability of your home and the saleability when it’s time to move. The first thing you will need to do when choosing to rough finish your attic for extra storage space is to check the integrity and number of joists in your ceiling. The best way to do this is to crawl into the attic and to measure the distance between joists. Ideally, the distance will be no more than 24 inches. The joists should feel solid and be in solid repair. The will be the real basis for the floor of your rough finished attic. Next, determine where, along the centerline of the roof, you will be best able to cut a long enough hole in the ceil