Regardless of the fact that every house I have ever lived in has had one, I’ve never actually been in a attic. I find this kind of odd. I mean, it is not like I refused to enter one, fearing I’d be encountered by an unwelcoming family of bats or, even worse, a rabid Christmas tree tired and sick of being locked up eleven months at a time.
I am sure I am not alone: there are undoubtedly many people who have not ever looked to see what’s past the attic doorway. Many of us simply grew up with no need to look; we grew up in a world in which an attic meant something: storage. Or some of us have even had critters living in the attic and had to call Animal Control to come and remove them!
However, in this day and age, attics are not just for storage any more. With home renovations, larger crawl spaces, and real estate prices soaring, attics are being looked at less as a room filled with cobwebs, and much more as a room full of opportunities.
Some homes, especially older ones, have attics which can fairly easily be turned into a bedroom. They won’t be made up of four partitions of the exact same size – finally having structures and corners unlike any other bedroom – but attic bedrooms can supply a unique, personal, and comfortable area. The originality of this space might even be especially appealing for those who don’t like conformity (i.e. teens).
Construct A Play Loft: In my childhood house, the attic doorway was in my own bedroom. Although my imagination played a part within this distress, no one, kids especially, really want the attic door in their area. However, if the attic door contributed to a place fun, rather than a feeding ground for spiders, ghosts, and – sometimes – a sinister squirrel, this would not be a problem.
For new homes, or homes that only have small crawl space-like attics rather than large ones, the loft could be turned into a play space, or instead, a play loft. Filled with pillows, bean bags, toys, books, and a TV with a video game console, kids will find themselves welcoming the sight of their attic door in their area. Together with the ladder they can simply climb up for their play area, permitting them to escape from reality, and, of course, their actions.
Turn into a Home Office: For attics that are not quite big enough to be bedrooms, but not small enough, or in the perfect location, to be drama lofts, putting in a house office may be the ideal fit. Anyone who has worked from home, particularly in a home with kids, knows that a home office could get hectic: with of the noise and distractions, how can anybody get anything done?
However, the attic brings the word “home office” in the brink of being tagged an oxymoron: attics offer more privacy, more piece and quiet, and less possibility that the highly organized documents will be cluttered through an intrusive hand, compared to any other room in the house. Pets, children, and even spouses simply can’t get to a home office in the attic that easily (particularly if the ladder is pulled up), making it more likely that work will get done, and stay done.