Stop dreaming of transforming that dark and useless attic into a charming room. Take action and earn meters!
Do you have a loft at home and you don’t know what to do with it? Many times we leave spaces like this undecorated precisely because we give them little use. Instead of leaving it abandoned, dark and dirty, why not work on it to turn the attic into just another room?
Any part of the house can be taken advantage of. The attic is, broadly speaking, the place where we usually store all kinds of objects and furniture that tend to get in the way of the rest of the house. The time has come for us to change the trend and use this room for another purpose. The objective is that we can use it from another point of view. In addition, there are always ways to take advantage of the lower areas of the mansard roof, with custom-made furniture or specific solutions, or as a storage area.
One more room for the house
Dormers generally have an opening in the ceiling or a window through which natural light enters. In this way, we ensure that it is not going to be a dark and gloomy space. Ultimately, we have the appropriate means to develop an appropriate decoration that allows us to enjoy the place more. It is a way to take advantage of the upper area of the house and turn it into a much more interesting place.
You can work from different aspects. A bedroom, a living room, a reading corner, a workspace, a small sitting room, etc. There are multiple possibilities and, in addition, we can provide a touch of personality to make it a sophisticated and elegant place. It is worth it that we can get more out of it and use it more often.
Styles to work the attic
On the one hand, it is recommended to work on transparency; that is to say, there must be space to gain comfort and spaciousness. On the other hand, it is convenient that chromaticisms offer harmony and originality, in the same way, that if we want to put materials such as wood they can be very good.
Of course, choose the most appropriate style: vintage, rustic, modern, minimalist, etc. All of them look great, you just have to decide to choose the one you like the most and that best fits the home. It should not be forgotten that the attic is part of the house and that it must keep aesthetic parameters similar to other rooms.
To get some conclusions and ideas regarding the style you want to work with, we recommend that you take a look at the following examples to find the best one.
If you are going to reform the attic, the key point to turn it into a living space is the thermal insulation in the envelope: cover —with work on the inside or outside—, windows and floor. Why the ground? Because you will be reinforcing the insulation of the lower floors since it will act as an insulating chamber. Also, you should plan your heating and air conditioning system well.
When the slope is steep if you paint the beams and the beams in white you will achieve the optical effect of moving the ceiling away to create a feeling of space and multiply the natural light. It will appear more spacious if the floor has a continuous surface: carpet, micro cement, self-levelling mortar, resins… Coconut Armchair, by Vitra.
Maintaining the rustic appearance of the attics, with the beams on the ceiling, is the usual thing; but in an old house, a professional must assess the state of the structure to reinforce it, recover it or replace it with a new one. Options: Antique wood beams, which can be found at knockdown stores and sawmills, or faux and decorative, at DIY stores like Leroy Merlin and Bricor.
The gray colour that unifies the walls and ceiling of this attic space – on the upper floor of a country house – make it a much more welcoming and nuanced environment in contact with natural light, while creating visual continuity with the bedroom.
As a general rule, suspension lamps in an attic are only recommended if they are placed on tables or at free circulation angles. Regarding ambient light, the one that takes advantage of the structure is optimal. Therefore, spotlights installed on the surface in the beams, and adjustable, are an excellent option.
It is the one that is recommended in most attics so as not to slow the passage of light, or change the spatial perception and perspective. If you have to make any division, you can use low furniture and walls. In this bedroom another solution is shown: the presence of two pillars and a cross beam creates the visual division of the space into two environments, a rest area and a work area.
In attics with this type of roof, habitability is reduced, since it is limited to the centre of the room. In this, set up as a living and reading area, the distribution with a multipurpose L-shaped base unit and a sofa is optimal.
Make the most of the space where the ceiling is lower with a custom built-in wardrobe and sliding doors. If it has the same finish as the walls and ceiling, it will blend in with them and you will gain visual order. In the reform of this attic, carried out by Espacio Acorde, in addition to the roof window, two others were projected to open to the terrace so that natural light could reach the dining room.
WITH NATURAL LIGHT
Installing roof windows transform a forgotten attic into the most charming space in the house. Natural light and ventilation enhance it; in addition, they increase the value of each square meter. Look for answers to your questions in the Velux Startup Guide, available for free download at the link Fanaticos.velux.es/tres-aliados-perfectos. And with the MyDaylight application, you will be able to visualize through virtual reality the result of a possible reform
in your attic… Windows, by Velux, finished in white.