The attic is often a forgotten section of the house. For most people, it’s an unfinished space full of cobwebs and dust. Its main purpose seems to be storage for holiday decorations and boxes of forgotten memories. But as housing prices soar in Toronto, it’s important to make the most of every space in your house. No matter how large or small your attic space is, it can be finished into something useful and beautiful. Here are some ideas that Toronto home builders recommend using your attic space for.
Small spaces are perfect for small people, also known as kids. A finished attic is a perfect playroom for children, not matter what size attic you have. If you have funky angles up there that will only add to the fun style of the room. Children’s furniture is also smaller and shorter making it perfect for a room with lower ceilings like many attics have. Plus, there’s the added bonus of the noise being away from the other living spaces.
What’s even smaller than kids? Babies. Attic nurseries have a whimsical feel to them. The slanted ceilings and sunlight that attic rooms have are perfect for your bundle of joy. It’s also great for keeping baby paraphernalia and noise out of the rest of the house.
Sometimes an attic space is just too small to make it a full living space. That doesn’t mean it’s useless, though. Convert your attic into a walk-in closet. You can store all your clothing there or just your seasonal stuff. The low ceilings and strange nooks are perfect for clothing racks and shoes. Who doesn’t need more closet space?
Chances are your attic is already being used for storage. But having a finished attic storage space as opposed to an unfinished one will make all the different. Instead of it being a frightening place you hastily shove boxes in, it can become a beautiful and organized place. You can customize the space to fit whatever you need to store, from holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, or sports equipment.
Don’t have an attic that has a window? No problem. Make it a home theater to capitalize on the darkness. Install a TV up there and add in some comfy chairs or love seats. If the ceiling is really low try using beanbag chairs instead. Now you’ll have your very own home theater, which can be enjoyed by everyone of all ages.
There’s something so quaint about having your own personal attic library. Bookshelves can easily be installed to fit whatever layout or height your attic is. Toss in a couple comfy reading chairs and lights and you have a perfect reading room. The isolated space will be perfect for getting lost in your latest read.
Craft rooms can quickly become messy and unsightly. Making your attic your craft room is the perfect solution to that. Now you don’t have to hurry up your project to make your home presentable to guests, you can just leave the mess upstairs. Whatever your preferred craft is, your attic can likely fit it. Add shelves and storage to hold all the equipment. A table finishes off the look for a beautiful yet practical and easy craft room.
Who wouldn’t want a game room to play around in? Depending on the size and height of your attic space you can fit a variety of types of games up there. Pool tables, darts, video games, pinball machines and more are all possible. The attic can be a family friendly game room or become your husband’s man cave. Either way, the noise and mess that comes with that sort of fun will be kept out of sight and out of hearing range for the rest of the house.
Your attic could be the perfect solution to your guest room needs. Talk to your home builder to make sure the height and size fit living space regulations before converting it. Add some windows to let in natural light for your guests too. You can go as simple or as intricate with an attic guest room as you want. If you have the space adding a guest bath up there is also a great utilization of the space.
Working from home can be difficult at times. The noise and bustle of a house can be distracting. A home office in the attic is quiet and secluded enough to get work done in. Most attic spaces are large enough to sit a desk. You can add as much or as little as you want to your office space.
Contact a home builder today to discuss how you can utilize your attic space to make the most of your home.