5 great inspirational ideas for Attic conversions (just watch out for bats!)

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 studioattic office

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 Playroomattic media room

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!

Become an interior designer and Let your creative juices flow!

Put your hands up if you’ve ever thought as a career as an interior designer? I know I sure have. This article is all about the wonderful world of interior design (as a career).

As an Interior Designer, you’ll primarily be responsible for making the insides of homes, buildings, offices and other residential and commercial places beautiful. And for that, you’ll need more than just a creative streak in you (especially with all the crazy emerging home trends which we are seeing) You’ll also need to back that up with some formal education and, preferably, some work experience.

Let’s take a look at what it takes to join this select band of individuals who make the world around us beautiful!


Interior Designers are, by nature, artistic, creative, imaginative and detailed oriented. The job also requires you to have excellent interpersonal skills, and the ability to think out of the box. Most importantly though, the profession is best suited for individuals with a flair for creating beauty out of the ordinary.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), you need a Bachelor’s degree with a focus on interior designing to make the cut into this exciting field. But usually, your chances of breaking into the profession are greatly enhanced if:

  • You have some additional profession-related courses or a diploma to your resume
  • You’ve got some related work experience, even if it is offering your time designing booths and stalls at charitable events
  • You have an impressive portfolio to showcase your talents, both online as well as in hard copy

The BLS estimates that the median pay (based on 2012 figures) for Interior Designers is around $47,600 per year. However, if you excel at your job, professional firms (Engineers, Architects, and Landscapers) will be scrambling to hire you at higher rates.

You can enhance your street-value by being proficient in drawing, visualising and becoming an expert in the tools of the trade, including Computer Aided Design (CAD) software and other online designing tools.

You will also increase your market value tremendously if you have industry certification from organizations like the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). You’ll need to pass their examination first though, and prove that you are worthy of your profession.

Some states may also have licensing and certification requirements before you are allowed to practice independently as an Interior Designer. Being licensed will automatically enhance your market value too.



If you were under the impression that all that Interior Designers do is make homes pretty, you’ve got another thing coming! While most in the profession do work for home developers and renovation companies, those are not the only extent of choice in this field. Other related options include:

  • Working with real estate companies as a home stager
  • Getting a job with engineering and architectural companies to design the interiors of homes and offices (be warned however, if you decided to go down this path, regulations will stipulate that you need to wear personal protective equipment on some work sites, especially industrial. You will have to supply your own work boots, so make sure that you choose the most comfortable work boots, such as the ones featured on The Work-Boot-Critic This will ensure your prepared no matter what your industry throws at you)
  • Teaming up with event planners to set up commercial, personal and charitable events
  • Designing interiors of workplaces and offices
  • Creatively designing layouts and showcases for clothiers and other retailers

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Trendy house designs for 2014/2015: From down-to-earth to bursting your bubble!

First-time visitors to populous cities like Manhattan or Singapore may strain their necks trying to look all the way up to the skyscrapers that dot the city landscape. To their minds, the sight is like something from out of this world!

Well, you’d better tell them to hold onto their hats! “They ain’t seen nuthin yet!”, because what futuristic architects have in mind for home designs will certainly look “out of the earth” to us by today’s standards!

Here are 4 home design trends that will unfold in the rest of 2014, 2015 and beyond.

Shipping Container Homes

Yep, those discarded shipping containers that would normally be sent to smelters or landfills, are now being repurposed. Where once they were destined to be scrapped, their new purpose in life is to act as dorm rooms and multi-story apartment homes for thousands of people in the future.

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