Need more space? Look up for inspiration and reimagine your
store-it-all attic as a bedroom, office, or family room.
“Remodeling an attic can be a cost-effective way to add more space to your house,” says architect William Hirsch of Cary, North
LOF T Y RE TREAT. Escape daily distractions in a secluded attic
study. Pale wood floors and light-color walls create a neutral
backdrop for rest and relaxation. Structural posts incorporated
into the design scheme serve as a perfect home for artwork. Get
more natural light in the space with a skylight. “Properly placed
skylights can provide much more daylight than similar-size
Carolina. Because you don’t have to
dormer windows while costing a lot less to install,” Hirsch says.
build a structure, roof, and founda-
tion, the project can cost a fraction of
a similar-size addition, Hirsch says.
But not every attic is worth finishing.
Consider its accessibility, structural
strength, useful areas, windows, and
overall cost. But once you get the
green light, this oft-forgotten space
could become a playdate palace or the
secluded spot to give overnight guests
the privacy they (and you!) crave.
These spaces are fllled with ideas for
making the most of your attic.
MAS TER PLAN. Creamy woodwork,
cherry floors, and high ceilings create
a cozy sleeping space. Built-ins offer
ample storage and free the floor of
furniture. Narrow windows offer
privacy while still filling the room
with natural light. Note: insulation and
ventilation are important to consider
when remodeling an attic. Depending
on the size of the space, you may want
to install a new heating and cooling
system dedicated to the attic.
BARE BEAU T Y. High ceilings and big
windows make this attic live large. The
unfinished look of the walls and exposed
rafters creates a modern aesthetic that’s
complemented by natural wide-plank
floors. Floor-to-ceiling bookcases provide
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ample storage for games and books.
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