Are you taking advantage of all of the available square footage in your home? If your attic is unfinished, the answer might be “no.”
Like an unfinished basement with loads of potential, an attic remodel can add valuable space to your home without needing a room addition and become a favorite place to spend time. And with so many fantastic attic remodel ideas out there, you’re sure to feel inspired to create a usable space (beyond just storage).
Now, what should you think about when embarking on an attic remodel? We’ve worked with numerous clients on attic renovations over the years, so we know all of the tips and tricks for making the project a success. We also know what kind of attic transformations are most popular among homeowners. Let’s take a look.
6 Attic Remodel and Renovation Ideas
Turn It Into an Owner’s Suite
Whether it’s a secondary owner suite that you use as an in-law suite, or it’s the addition of the home’s sole owners suite, this idea is perfect for an attic. It’s a fantastic way to add resale value to your home as well as precious living space. According to Patch, an owner’s suite addition is one of 5 home addition investments that will pay off in terms of resale.
Here’s a real-life example: In one of our past client projects, we converted the attic of the home into an owner suite. The highlight of the suite was the new master bathroom, which leveraged the existing angle of the roof for more character in the shower and vanity area. Other features, such as radiant heat floors and glass tile accents, made the converted attic space even more cozy and elegant.
Make It a Playroom
Unlike basements, attics often already have some built-in charm. We love attic transformations that honor sloped ceilings and dormer nooks. They can be great spaces for playrooms or TV rooms for the kids because they can easily be closed off from the rest of the house when needed. No more tripping over toys in the primary family room — now the clutter is tucked away in a separate area of the house.
Use It As an Extra Family Room
Need another space to relax on the couch with a bowl of popcorn and your favorite movie? Or maybe you want two family rooms because your spouse likes to watch their binge-worthy show, and you like to watch something different. Either way, converting the attic into an extra living or family room is a great option. Just keep in mind there will likely be some workarounds as with structural issues, HVAC equipment or plumbing (if you decide to also add a bathroom), but the payoff is worth it.
Create the Home Theater You’ve Always Wanted
Does your unfinished attic have limited natural light and few (or no) windows? It might make the perfect spot for a home theater, since you’ll want a dark space for your big TV or projector screen. It’s also a space that’s easy to close off from the rest of the house, so you can enjoy that blockbuster movie without disturbing anyone else.
Design a Craft Room
If you want a dedicated space to spend time on your favorite hobbies, a finished attic might be the perfect solution. Make the craft room the best it can be with plenty of custom storage solutions, a built-in workspace, lots of natural lighting, and comfortable yet durable flooring. After the attic remodel, you’ll want to spend all of your free time in this once unused area of the home.
Use It As a Game Room
Bring on the fun and games — in the attic! Transforming your attic into a livable space could mean making it a place of entertainment and friendly competition. Maybe it’s a spot for the pool table, foosball, or ping pong. Or maybe you want to use it as a golf simulator room. You might even have vintage arcade games that need a more accessible place where they can be enjoyed. All of these would work great in a finished attic where you can escape to feel like a kid again.
Attics are an ideal space for renovating into livable square footage. Depending on the current size of your home, you can add hundreds or even thousands of square feet of extra living space when you finish your attic. Now it’s time to make that option a reality.
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