What’s in your attic? Is no one around and you’re still embarrassed to answer? Maybe it’s boxes that weren’t unpacked after your last move (or two)? Christmas ornaments you haven’t dared to use on your tree since Clinton was in office? Nothing at all (doubtful)? Make your attic space work for you or give you some extra living space. Here are some practical ideas to consider.
INSTALL STAIRS INSTEAD OF A PULL-DOWN LADDER
The primary obstacle to accessing some valuable square footage is probably the pull-down ladder and its placement. Your attic access may be in a hallway or closet ceiling, but a contractor might be able to install a stairway through the garage or a bedroom that can provide an easier and more readily-available entrance to your upper space. Out-of-the-box, creative thinking and some insulation may transform your bonus area!
CREATE A WALK-UP CLOSET
Who doesn’t need more closet space? Transforming an attic into usable space may provide a closet that houses shelving, cabinets, hanging rods, and drawers. It can be rustic or decorated as you would any other part of your home. You can add significant storage for out-of-season items and free up space in your bedrooms closets.
INVENT AN OUT-OF-THE-WAY PLAYROOM
Are you tired of stepping on Legos and picking up toys left in the living room? Make a special hideaway for the kids at the top of the stairs. An insulated space can be comfortable year-round if the HVAC system can be extended to the attic or a single room unit is installed. Even a small space can be creatively decorated with beanbag seating, pillows, chalkboards, and storage for toys.