From John on October 19th, 2009 in Home Additions
The attic is the spookiest part of the house. Cobwebs, old steamer trunks, exposed beams, creaky folding staircases and the dark, musty shadows are fertile grounds for ghost stories and things that go bump in the night. When it comes to remodeling, gutting the attic can be just as scary. Dramatic roof pitches, floors and trusses that may not be structurally sound enough for the proposed additions – attic remodels are not for the faint of heart. But that didn’t deter these brave souls who went deep into the abyss to transform their attics into beautiful bedrooms, studies and hideaways.
#1 - Even the pros at This Old House were impressed with this cozy child’s bedroom alcove by design firm CG&S. The eyebrow dormer was built off-site and hauled to the house piece by piece, rafter by rafter, and then weighted into place. It took over a week to complete. Wow, that’s one lucky kid!
#2 - The black wood floors and exposed beams make this space really pop, but it’s the ladder alongside the huge bookshelf that gives the attic a storybook feel and the task of retrieving that top-shelf tome an adventure unto itself.
#3 - Large, open skylights are the highlight of this amazing attic remodel-turned-sunny art workspace for mom, a home office for dad and a cozy sleepover spot for the kids.
“Remodeling an attic is like building a boat – you have to be creative in utilizing every available inch,” says Seattle architect and magician Gary Epstein, who designed this multi-use space for a family in Redmond, Washington.
#4 - Imagine having your own summer cabin just a few steps above your living room.
This stunning remodel includes a rustic stone hearth, polished stone floors and beautiful wood walls and ceilings. Hard to believe it was ever an attic.
#5 – Lack of square footage and a dramatic pitched roof couldn’t deter these attic remodelers from designing their cozy new bedroom. This remodel is living proof that the ingenuity and imagination of a growing family should not be underestimated.
#6 - Here, cobwebs and dark corners are miraculously transformed into a bright, cheery children’s playroom where the Boogeyman is nowhere in sight. Talk about clearing out the cobwebs.