Stairs to the Attic Lead to Untapped Storage

If you’ve filled every nook and cranny in your home and need more space to store your stuff look no further than up. Even a rancher with limited headroom in an attic can be considered as bonus space assuming there’s adequate framing to support a stair unit and flooring.

A contractor will charge $647 to do the job and you can do it for $220, but don’t even think about doing this job yourself. It’s a job for a pro because it involves cutting a hole in the ceiling, and cutting through ceiling joists and reinforcing them with headers without destroying the integrity and strength of the joists. Granted you’d save 66 percent by doing the job. but it’s not worth the risk of damage you may create.

For more about the project and hundreds of other home improvement jobs go to Cost to Install an Attic Stairs.


Gene and Katie Hamilton are authors of 20 home improvement books and creators of, a website that compares the DIY and contractor costs of hundreds of repair, decorating and remodeling projects. Their weekly column Do It Yourself or Not is syndicated by Tribune Content Agency.
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