10 Sep How to Convert an Attic into a Home Office
Need more space but don’t want to move? That’s exactly what our clients told us, so we looked to the only unfinished space in the house: the Attic. Most people turn their basements into an extra room, or even an extra floor of the house. But, have you thought about converting the attic into a functional room? Here we show you how we converted an attic into a home office with a lounge space, wet bar, powder room, and plenty of storage.
Understanding The Space and Design Constraints
Space planning is the first step to figure out what is possible in the attic. Design constraints like square footage, ceiling heights and slopes, and support columns need to be considered. Figuring out how much space you have to walk around or where you can sit at a desk will help you understand the space’s capabilities. You will also need to know where the stairs can be placed to access the attic, and for that, you will need an architect. We worked closely with Meyer Design in Naperville, IL on this space.
Our floor plan was generally open, with one column. The room is rectangular with ceilings sloping down towards the longer walls. We were able to add three skylights along one of the sloped ceilings that let in lots of natural light. The architect helped us determine where we could easily access plumbing and where to place the powder room. If you have a design constraint like a column, think about ways to incorporate it into the design.
The Attic Floor Plan
We determined we had enough sq footage for two areas: a work area and a lounge area. We placed the sectional under a sloped ceiling since you’d be sitting there anyways, and we determined where the walking pathways could be. To incorporate the column, we hid it in a 4′ wide wood-paneled wall and placed the desk against it. The wall was the perfect spot to mount a large computer screen while hiding work clutter. A wet bar was installed on the other side of the 4′ wall since plumbing could be easily accessed from the powder room.
The desk was designed to be open on both sides to allow for two people to sit comfortably without taking up much room.
The wet bar is complete with a beverage refrigerator, ice machine, and dishwasher drawer. Light streams in through three skylights.
Lower cabinets were placed along two walls where the ceiling slopes and would otherwise be wasted space. Push latch hardware was installed to keep a clean and modern look. Holiday decorations, seasonal clothing, etc. can still be stored in the Attic while creating an additional floor of living space.
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