Maximizing the space you have is the primary the focus of any well-planned renovation – that also includes the attic. These once forgotten storage spaces now have bedrooms, playrooms, and more recently at-home workspaces. If you are thinking of converting your attic in order to gain some extra square footage, here are 10 great modern examples to inspire you.
This industrial-inspired attic office is home to a small creative firm. The designers intentionally created lower level darkness in order to have the ability to regulate light in response to their production process requirements. They used exposed reclaimed wood beams to add dimension. The beams cast shadows below while also drawing your attention upwards to find plenty of naturally lit environments above.
This Victorian cottage received a modern makeover when its owner decided to convert a dark attic into a library and office. They added custom built-ins to accentuate the angle of the roof, as well as provide much needed storage without the use of traditional bookshelves. The elongated cabinetry draws your eyes to the end windows, thus allowing the narrowness of the roof’s pitch to not feel as if it’s closing you in. When they sold it, the home went for top dollar.
This 100-year-old Portland home received a $400,000 top-to-bottom makeover. The formerly dim attic was turned into a cheerful home office and play area. The designer freshened the walls and floors with white paint and installed four large skylights to flood the space with natural light from outside.
This Portuguese home office serves as workspace for the couple that owns it. The couple added white wainscoting to the walls, restored the original wood beams and installed a new reclaimed wood floor. The choice of a monochromatic color palette creates a harmonious, visually cohesive look in the space.
This Toronto home’s third floor attic space was rendered unusable for the majority of the year due to the lack of insulation and ventilation. The room was stripped of all interior finishes, the structure reinforced, and had new mechanical systems installed for ventilation. Three operable skylights were integrated into the roof to bring more natural light and offer a cross breeze in the warmer months.
This historic 1900’s attic was transformed into a minimalistic office space. The space features custom cabinetry crafted from rift-sawn white oak and set in flush panels that create a linear feature that pairs well with the original, restored white oak flooring. The skylights that descend into the wall plane allow for natural lighting and provide gorgeous views of the historic neighborhood.
This mod attic nook wanted to make use of what the owners considered dead space. Spending less than $500, the couple used an IKEA desk and storage unit to create an office. The vintage chair was a flea market pickup. Conveniently located next to the upper floor radiator, the space is warm and cozy year round.
This office space is a standout because the majority of it folds out. The chairs and desks are collapsible, allowing users to expand it for other purposes such a wider production studio or minimize it, allowing for overnight guests. The owners created a focal point by adding multiple types of wood floor boards to the wall that framed the windows.
This 650-square foot attic was transformed into a learning and play space for children. It features bamboo flooring and custom built-ins fashioned from medium-density fiberboard with a white lacquer finish. The homeowner designed the blackened-steel balustrade, which has cable inserts and a walnut handrail himself.
This light-filled attic is more than an office, it’s a living space, photography and production studio all in one. The space originally had no storage space; the owner solved that challenge by adding freestanding racks from Walden, a long sideboard from Superfront, and created a desk out of two sheets of multiplex wood. The desk had trestle legs on either end of the desk and two ‘Billy’ cabinets from IKEA to support the center.