If the somewhat awkwardly shaped room beneath the roof of your house is used only as a storage space for Christmas decorations and old VHS tapes, well, then you’re doing attics wrong. Heed the design ideas below and start remodeling!
This glass-bottom attic by Scandinavian design firm Tradition is perfect for the exhibitionist.
Photo: A1 Upgrades
Look at all those skylights! There’s even one in the shower. Why didn’t you think of that?
See, attic renovations don’t even require much effort. Just clean out the cobwebs, lay down a few rugs and you’re all set.
Or you can go all out, as the designers of this bedroom/bathroom attic have done. Previously featured in our roundup of 13 praise-worthy church conversion projects.
It’s hard to go wrong with a light-filled room overlooking Massachusetts’ Gloucester harbor. The above attic is part of the town’s Sleeper-McCann House.
A self-contained attic apartment, complete with exposed bricks and beams. You like?
Photos: ON design partners
The attic of this cliff-side dwelling in Tokyo takes up the entire second floor. The skyward-facing windows fill the home with light without forfeiting privacy.
Photo: Chez Ric et Fer
The top floor of a quaint bed and breakfast in Northern France. Style points for the glass-exposed bathroom and obligatory skylight.
A rugged barn house in Delhi, New York.
Photos: Inblum Architects
Lithuanian studio Inblum Architects gets it. The firm built this exposed brick bar into the attic of a heritage house in Minsk, Belarus.
Even if your attic doesn’t offer much as far as space goes, you can still convert the room into a cozy sleeping nook.
The concept works even if the sleeping area is only large enough for children.
One of the most dazzling lofts we’ve ever seen, this attic apartment was once the top floor of a warehouse in London, England.
More skylights and slanted ceilings — the hallmarks of any great attic.
For $5.35 million, you can own this 7,000-square-foot character house in south east London. The mansion boasts eight elegant bedrooms, a music and games room and, best of all, an attic that looks like it belongs on the set of Star Wars.