Most anyone would take an additional room in their home in a heartbeat. Ironically, most of us actually have one right above their heads!
No longer are attics considered dusty, dark places to forget about. They can transform into whatever your heart desires, making your home more efficient and enjoyable. In this post we’ll dive into 5 of our favorite attic remodel ideas:
- Convert Your Attic into a Bedroom
- Turn Your Attic into a Living Space or Lounge Area
- Make an Attic Playroom
- Create an Attic Office
- A Perfect Attic Bathroom Remodel
1. Convert Your Attic into a Bedroom
One of the most straightforward attic remodel ideas is converting your space into an extra bedroom. This easily creates a guest room for visitors or another bedroom for a growing family.
An attic is often less finished than other rooms in your home. If that’s the case, you’ll need to make an initial investment in insulating and closing your walls and ceilings. But from there, you can treat this project like you would any other bedroom remodel.
Consider the style of the rest of your home when imagining lighting, furniture, and color schemes (or let a design pro help guide the way). Angled ceilings can be trickier to design around, but their dramatic edges work especially well with modern and contemporary styles.
2. Turn Your Attic into a Living Space or Lounge Area
Away from the bustle of everyday life, an attic living space can be a relaxing sanctuary. Especially for families, remodeling your attic into a lounge or entertainment area is an excellent way to maximize your home space.
When imagining your attic living space, keep in mind that simpler is better. Larger pieces of furniture are more difficult to transport upstairs (though not impossible). Rather than a sectional couch, for example, consider several lounge chairs and a coffee table. Built-in seating can also create a cohesive style with angled ceilings.
Attics also provide the rare opportunity for ample overhead natural lighting. Consider installing insulated windows on your angled ceiling for a striking aesthetic. Recessed lighting can also provide illumination for dark corners or crevices.
3. Make an Attic Playroom
Keeping kids entertained (and not running around the house) is a challenge. Especially in Portland, rainy weather can lead to bored children cooped up inside. If these challenges are familiar to you, then you’ll love an attic playroom!
Don’t feel afraid to keep a consistent style with the rest of your home rather than using bold kid-specific colors; you’ll eventually want to convert it into a regular bedroom or living space. Choose appropriately sized furniture that lacks pointed edges, and also consider a gate if your stairs are not behind a door. You’ll want to avoid toys that encourage jumping and stomping, but games, figurines, and a soft mat to sit on will do the trick.
4. Create an Attic Office
Especially for stay at home workers, a distraction-free area to focus on work is a dream. Remodeling your attic into a personal workspace allows you to customize your surroundings in exactly the way that inspires you most, while also being able to completely leave work up and away at the end of the day.
Bright neutral colors will keep you energized and focused. If your attic has a window, point your desk perpendicular to it; this allows you to enjoy the natural light without becoming distracted by the view. Ceiling windows allow gorgeous natural light to flood your space. Another stunning addition to your attic office is a built-in shelf contoured to your angled ceiling.
5. A Perfect Attic Bathroom Remodel
Whether your bathrooms are constantly crowded or you just need an extra special place to unwind, an attic bathroom can transform the flow of your home. Especially if your attic space is a bit too small to turn into a room, a bathroom is a great alternative.
One word of caution: installing plumbing can be difficult and a bit costly. But the reward can certainly pay off! Building a shower into a corner that meets an angled ceiling creates a dramatic effect. Or if your attic has a ceiling light, consider placing a bathtub directly underneath –but make sure the fixture meets current code first. For a complete spa experience, build a comfortable bench into the wall.
Feeling inspired? Click through our remodel portfolio for more design inspiration. When you’re ready for expert advice, be sure to contact the professional designers and contractors at L. Evans Design.