Despite the fact that every house I’ve ever lived in has had one, I have never really been in a loft. I find this kind of odd. I mean, it is not like I refused to go into one, fearing I’d be struck by an unwelcoming household of bats or, even worse, a rabid Christmas tree tired and sick of being locked up twenty five months at one time. I just have had no reason to take this journey.
I’m sure I’m not alone: there are undoubtedly many people who have not ever looked to see what is past the attic doorway. Many of us simply grew up with no need to see; we grew up in a world in which a loft meant one thing: storage.
However, in this era, attics aren’t just for storage anymore. With home renovations, larger crawl spaces, and property prices soaring, attics are being considered less as a room full of cobwebs, and more as a room full of opportunities.
Make an attic bedroom: The only attic bedroom I’ve ever known of was on The Brady Bunch. Even though it was, in a term, far outside, it was also literary. Nonetheless, the notion is molded in reality: some houses, particularly older ones, have attics that could fairly easily be turned into a bedroom as long as they have removed all the bat poop. They won’t be composed of four partitions of the exact same size – finally having structures and corners unlike any other bedroom – but attic bedrooms can supply a unique, private, and comfortable location. The originality of this space may even be especially appealing for those who don’t like conformity (i.e. teenagers).
Construct A Play Loft: Inside the house I grew up in, the attic doorway was in my bedroom. Although my imagination played a role in this discomfort, no one, kids especially, wants the attic door in their area. But if the loft door contributed to a fun place, instead of a feeding ground for spiders, ghosts, and – sometimes – a sinister squirrel, this wouldn’t be an issue.
For new homes, homes that only have little crawl space-like attics instead of large ones, the attic could be turned into a play room, or rather, 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 the attic door in their room. Using the ladder they could simply climb up for their play space, allowing them to escape from reality, and also, of course, their actions.
Turn it into a Home Office: For attics which aren’t quite big enough to be bedrooms, but not small enough, or in the perfect place, to be play lofts, putting in a home office might be the perfect fit. Anybody who has worked from home, particularly in a home with kids, understands that a home office could get feverish: with the noise and distractions, how can anyone get anything done?
But, the attic brings the word “home office” on the verge of being labeled an oxymoron: attics provide more privacy, more piece and quiet, and less chance that the highly organized files will be disorganized by an intrusive hand, than any other room in the home. Pets, kids, as well as spouses simply can not access to a home office in the attic that easily (particularly if the ladder is pulled up), which makes it more likely that work will get done, and stay done.