Plenty of people have often found themselves wishing they had more space in their homes. After all, growing into a house can take up a lot of space. What a lot of people don’t realize is that they have a world of potential just above their heads – the attic!
The attic is typically thought of as the place where everything that you ought to get rid of, but just can’t seem to, gets tossed to sit and collect dust among the spiders. The truth is, the attic is actually a really great space that can be utilised in a number of ways.
Planning is everything! before you start ripping into your attic conversion project, sit down with your design pad and have a good think about what your ideal attic space will be used for. Here are some ideas for inspiration:
Home Office/Design studio
The attic is a great place to set up a home office, and we are assuming that since you are here, your home office will be your design studio!
It’s quiet, it’s private, and it’s got plenty of space to spread out and work the way you want. You won’t have to worry about trying to cram all of your work related papers and files into whatever little bit of space you’ve carved out for yourself in the main part of the house. It can be difficult to focus on work with a bustling household surrounding you, but setting up in the attic allows for the seclusion you need.
The attic is the perfect design studio for the budding designer going at it alone. Just make sure you get internet coverage up there!
This website is great for attic-office inspiration, so be sure to check it out before you design yours (or get your interior designer to have a look)
You Private Media Room
The attic is great for work, but it can also be a great place to get away from work. An attic is a prime location to set up a media/entertainment room – Put in a nice big screen TV and some comfy seating, and you’ve got a place to watch movies with friends and family, without worrying about having to be quiet because someone’s bedroom is on the other side of the wall (this may come in especially handy for homes with sports fanatics).
An Extra Bedroom perhaps?
One of the most obvious ways to put your attic to good use, is to simply transform it into an extra bedroom -whether you’re planning on growing your family, or just want some extra space for when guests come to stay, it doesn’t matter.
Even better, since the attic is generally a quite roomy space, it can make a gorgeous master bedroom, perhaps even with an en-suite master bath, and it leaves the now unoccupied bedroom downstairs open for guests or children.
The Kids Playroom
Speaking of children, the attic can also be turned into a fantastic play space for any little ones you may have running about. Maybe your design studio is downstairs and the kids can bother you too easily? This can be easily solved- lure them to the attic by converting it into a fun playroom!
It gives kids a space all their own where they can play and explore, and it helps keep the rest of the house free from the inevitable toy tornados. Less clutter means more fun for everyone. It should, however, be noted that the way the attic is accessed is important, as pull down ladders can be dangerous for little ones.
A More Efficient Storage Space
Storage is becoming increasingly important in todays society, especially with the emergence of new, small house design trends.
The final new use for your attic, isn’t exactly a new one at all. The attic is an ideal space for what you’re most likely already using it for: storage. The ‘new’ aspect comes from how you organize the storage space. Consider installing a simple shelving unit, or a series of storage bins, to make storing, and later finding, your items an easier and more efficient affair.
Before you start your conversion, here are some considerations:
- Calculate the ceiling height and allow for reduction once a floor and been installed and once the ceilings have been lined.
- Ventilation is key: without ventilation your attic space will become very humid, hot and unpleasant
- Ensure there are no house pests living up in your attic which is one of their favourite hiding spots! They can spread disease and damage your hard work. A common situation to be weary of is bats in attic, visit www.atticpestauthority.com for more information and control tips!
- if going down to D.I.Y conversion route, get approval from your local council beforehand!
We hope that you remembered about your poor neglected attic when reading this article, and begun brewing plans for its conversion. Our favourite choice is number 1: your own design studio – seriously, we are blogging from our attic right now and its great!