Isn’t it funny that in movies and television, the attic is almost always portrayed as a dark and scary place, or somewhere that orphan children get banished and locked away. I specifically remember an old Tom & Jerry movie that my siblings and I consider a classic, in which the orphan girl gets locked in her bedroom in the attic by her evil guardian with a straight-up skeleton key. Rude, right? Well, to be honest, I always kind of thought that homegirl’s bedroom was pretty baller. In fact, if it weren’t for the neglect or the old-school lock on the outside, I would’ve definitely been down to trade bedrooms with her. Fast-forward 15 years and I’m still a little obsessed with converted attic spaces!
Before I moved into a historic home, my previous houses really didn’t have attics that could be converted and utilized as extra space. They were basically just meant to shove Christmas decorations and winter clothes inside, never to be seen again until next year. Nowadays, however, I’m experiencing what it’s like to have an old-school attic and I’ve got to say: they’re really not that bad at all besides maybe the heat. In fact, I’d say that it has quite the room for improvement, turning this old two-story duplex into a three-story home.
If I were owning versus renting, I’d totally paint the wood from the slanted A-frame roof white, as well as the low walls, stairs and flooring. I’ve learned that painting everything white in a smaller space really opens it up, allowing you to have a fresh palette to work with in order to infuse color into the area. My upstairs spans the length of the house, which really is huge, so it quite possibly could be turned into an entire studio apartment if it were to be able to be retrofitted with plumbing and AC.
In honor of converted old attics, I’ve added some of my favorite remodels that’ll surely be appreciated by home improvement aficionados and those looking for ways to convert this seldom used square footage. Be sure to let me know what you think!
Have you ever considered remodeling your attic as an extra room?
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