The Attic | The Manila Times

An attic, within the context of structure, is a narrative just under the roof of a home and throughout the roof body, whether or not partial or full. It’s generally referred to as a garret (when used as a residing area).


With the proper design and supplies, an attic may be reworked right into a residing area. PHOTO BY ARCH. REGINALD CHIONG BY RED ARCHITECTS ASSOCIATES

With the proper design and supplies, an attic may be reworked right into a residing area. PHOTO BY ARCH. REGINALD CHIONG BY RED ARCHITECTS + ASSOCIATES

Attic vs Attic

Using the phrase “attic” with “loft” may be so confused that they’re usually used interchangeably because the definition is analogous.

Many consultants have tried to make clear the excellence between the 2. Lofts are normally open whereas attics are closed areas.

Right now, “lofts” are being coined by builders to draw patrons for studio residences or condos with extra open area.

makes use of of an attic

Initially, in historical Rome, an attic was primarily utilized in triumphal arches, wherein inscriptions or bas-relief sculptures are positioned. One other objective was to extend the peak of the perimeter partitions. Throughout the Renaissance it was used as a full ground, with home windows added to permit for pure gentle and air flow.

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At the moment, the attic serves as an insulator that protects the underlying area (rooms) from the new solar in sizzling climate. It’s situated immediately below the pitched roof of a home. Attics fill the area between the ceiling of the highest ground of a constructing and the roof, which is normally sloped. These areas are awkwardly formed with uncovered rafters and corners that might be tough to succeed in.

As an insulator, attics assist regulate temperatures in a house by offering a big mass of slowly shifting air. The nice and cozy air that rises from the decrease flooring of a home is commonly retained right here.

Lofts can be made attractive.  In this photo, a dormer window is installed to let in natural light and ventilation.  PHOTO BY ARCH.  REGINALD CHIONG BY RED ARCHITECTS ASSOCIATES

Lofts may be made enticing. On this picture, a dormer window is put in to let in pure gentle and air flow. PHOTO BY ARCH. REGINALD CHIONG BY RED ARCHITECTS ASSOCIATES

Lofts may be made enticing. On this picture, a dormer window is put in to let in pure gentle and air flow. PHOTO BY ARCH. REGINALD CHIONG BY RED ARCHITECTS + ASSOCIATES

In a manner, attics serve extra than simply insulators. They’re usually used for storage or extra residing area, whether or not it’s a further bed room or for no matter different objective the house owner has in thoughts.

The Filipino setting

Attics are sometimes widespread in Western temperate nations. It is one thing uncommon in nations with tropical climates just like the Philippines.

“Attics are extra widespread in different nations as a result of their local weather makes them appropriate, not like right here within the Philippines the place it is so sizzling. That is our draw back,” mentioned Arch. Reginald Chiong of RED Architects+ Associates.

Nonetheless, attics may be doable within the Filipino setting given correct supplies and cautious design.

“With the proper materials selections, we will scale back the warmth by making use of insulation, heat-resistant paint and different supplies,” Chiong mentioned.

Whereas an attic generally is a cupboard space, it does not should be desolate if it is to be transformed right into a residing area. It is all a matter of design.

“In a single venture, a bungalow, the facade has a ‘skylight’ to permit for passive lighting and air flow within the attic,” Chiong mentioned.

An attic shouldn’t be a ineffective function or area in a house, it may well serve a objective.

“On the subject of utilizing attics as residing area, we architects try to maximise the residing area,” he mentioned.