No, this doesn’t mean glue stars on the ceiling of your dark attic. We’re talking an actual transformation that will allow stargazers to view starry night skies right from your attic. This can be done with the right design and contractor on your side. A stellar room isn’t an impossible task. If you have children or grandchildren, or simply like to stargaze yourself, this home remodeling project could be the perfect idea for your home.
Why Build a Celestial Attic Room
Most people have to use their telescopes in the backyard to view the stars in the sky. However, not all backyards offer great views and the bugs can be unbearable on warm summer nights. Having your attic converted into a stellar room can get rid of this problem for you and your family. Plus, it could be a great way to entertain guests. Your stellar room can be simple or complex, whichever you choose. Just make sure to have your attic examined to determine if it safe enough to hold the weight of adults with no problem. No nails should be protruding from the boards in the walls and floors either.
What to Include in Your Stellar Attic Design
The key ingredient for your stellar attic room is to have a grand window or skylight installed. You should have it placed in a location where you’ll be able to easily spot the North Star. Keep in mind that light pollution can inhibit your view, especially if there are street lights close by. You can test your ability to see by first using binoculars (if you don’t have a telescope. This will give you an idea of your vantage point. If you’re having a hard time seeing, then it may not be a good idea to go through with the project. Test different areas of your home and see if you can have the window installed in a part of the home that doesn’t have the obstruction.
Estimating the Costs
The only way you’ll know how much it will cost to build your stellar attic is to contact a licensed contractor. The area you live in and the time of the year you decide to do it will determine the labor and material costs. The size of your window and the amount of work needed in your attic will also be important factors. According to the U.S Dept. of Energy, your skylight shouldn’t be bigger than 15% of your total floor space.
For help with planning and estimating the costs for your celestial attic room, give CA Green Remodeling a call today!