Converting the attic to a bedroom

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Posted by: from Toronto
1/6/2020 at 10:33:01 AM

Hi there,

My end unit townhouse attic space is approximately 600sqf. I am wondering whether it would be possible to turn that space into a bedroom with a 3-piece bathroom. What would be the steps involved (i.e. design / permit / timeframe) and how much should I expect to budget?



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Date/Time1/6/2020 at 10:50:17 AM

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Date/Time1/6/2020 at 1:48:48 PM

Hello ashan your first step would be to hire a general contractor who will over look your project and make sure everything gets done in the right order and properly. Your gc should be knowledgeable of building codes and be able to sub out any trades that are required.

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Date/Time1/7/2020 at 10:30:46 PM

Hi Ahsan,

The first step would be to consult with a structural engineer to be sure the space is suitable to carry the load. Upon receiving the engineers report, contractors will have a better idea of what they are estimating.

From there, obtain at least 5 estimates and do your due diligence.

Upon hiring a contractor(s), permits can be pulled by the respective trade.

I'd say have between $35k-$50k at the ready. Possibly more depending on the FULL SCOPE of work.

Best of luck.....

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Date/Time1/10/2020 at 1:30:32 PM

If your townhouse is part of a condo your first step should be to check with your condo association to see if it is allowed. If you have title to your own land (there is a property line at the unit boundary) it may be a different scenario; however in either case you'll need a 1 hour fire separation between units which would require your neighbors cooperation.

There may be other roadblocks which would make the idea unfeasible and you could also discuss with your local municipal development & building authority at no cost to see if the idea is feasible.

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Ahsan in Toronto
Date/Time1/10/2020 at 2:19:41 PM

Thank you for your response everyone. I am going to first get a structural engineer then.

Have a nice day!

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