By Matthew Paymar, Phil Schmidt

Black & Decker the total consultant to Attics & Basements is the precise booklet for householders who desire extra dwelling house yet aren't capable or prepared to maneuver to a bigger domestic or construct a pricey room addition. greater than seventy five% of houses have unfinished house in an attic or basement, simply expecting an artistic contact, and this e-book will convey readers find out how to convert that territory into sensible dwelling area. Armed with this publication, owners might be capable of upload a bed room, toilet, sport room, or domestic place of work with out altering the fundamental blueprint of the house.

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Check with your builder to determine if your attic floor joists can support the weight of heavy machinery. qxd 1/6/07 12:52 PM Page 60 (Left) A home spa that is adequately separated from the day-to-day traffic paths of your home provides a splendid retreat without the stress of travel. Your unused basement or attic is the perfect place for such a destination. Dedicate your basement or attic as a place for relaxation and it will never sit dormant again. (Below) Whether the focus is meditating, yoga, or cleansing baths followed by seaweed wraps and massages, basements are generally better for quiet retreats, in which dim lights are desired, and attics are often good for hot yoga or sunrise meditation.

A separate entrance to a basement workshop that is at least 36’’ wide allows you to accommodate larger projects and materials. It also can provide added ventilation—a basement workshop should have at least two windows for cross ventilation, as well as a fan and exhaust system. To help cut down on dust, install weather-stripping on all doors. Keep a broom, dustpan and wet/dry vacuum handy as workshops accumulate sawdust that is a fire hazard, an air-quality issue, and an unpleasant material to track upstairs.

Open shelves installed at the kneewall below skylights and roof windows provide the perfect place to store toys, books, and bins for crayons, stickers, or markers. Label bins to help children develop organization skills. qxd 12/20/06 12:32 AM Page 58 (Above) Studies show people tend to exercise more at home if the machines are in a specialized space and include a wide range of equipment. According to a recent survey, 29% of homeowners request a dedicated exercise room for their new home. (Right) A variety of exercise equipment in a dedicated space can help you remain focused and inspired in your workout regimen.

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