An Attic bedroom remodel adds value and extra living space without increasing the size of your house!

Attic Bedroom Remodel: Return on Investment

By: John Riha


An attic bedroom remodel adds value and extra living space without increasing the size of your house.

Progress H K
Value Added High $37,100
Effort High 3-6 wks
Investment High $51,400 (nat’l avg)



Window seat in attic bedroomA dormer window can provide the perfect spot for a window seat, which also adds storage space to an attic room. Image: Five Gables Inn/East Boothbay, ME

An attic bedroom can become the extra room under your roof that hosts teenagers, guests, or even the masters of the house. An attic bedroom remodel is a good way to add space without adding on, which would be a much bigger investment of time and money.

Attic bedroom investment

Attics are penny-wise candidates for remodeling projects because the basic structure—a roof and floor—already exist. Although the pitch of the roof usually dictates sloping interior walls and restricted headroom, people often find these quirky characteristics charming and desirable.

According to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value Report, a midrange attic bedroom remodel costs $51,400 and returns more than 72% of the investment, based on national averages. That’s down nearly 11% since 2009.

Attic bedroom requirements

An attic bedroom has special requirements:

  • Stairway from the floor below
  • Interior walls
  • Dormer windows for air, daylight, and emergency egress.

The cost of these projects, plus standard costs for installing heating and cooling systems, finishing surfaces, and adding a bathroom, is $198/sq. ft.

The return on your investment in an attic remodel varies by region. In the Pacific region of the country, the return on investment is almost 80%. In the central Midwestern states, such as Iowa and Kansas, the return on an attic remodel is 63%.

National average cost, 15×15 ft. attic remodel, with 5×7 ft. bath:

Job Cost: $51,400
Resale Value: $37,100
Cost recoup: 72.2%


About Maria Paulina Pagano

As a Realtor for the last twenty years and a Monmouth County resident for twenty-four years, I have accumulated extensive and invaluable knowledge of the Real Estate Market and Market Trends. Member of Ocean, Monmouth, & Middlesex MLS.
This entry was posted in Home Buying, Homeownership, Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s