1. Built-in Storage
One of the major design strategies is to install drawers, nooks or cupboards, and shelves collectively known as built-in storage, along low walls. The benefits of doing this are enumerated below:
- Your home acquires more value as a result of this sort of customization.
- You are equipped more by these storage facilities to organize your space and ensure it remains clutter-free.
- Low areas may be a cause for people to bump their heads, but having these storages installed in these parts of your attic will avoid people from entering these spaces and acquiring head injuries.
- Following this strategy erases the need for bookcases and dressers that are free-standing.
- The spaces in dead zones are maximized and given use.
2. Furniture Placement
Another design strategy is installing furniture under low ceilings. This likewise maximizes space and makes full use of the areas along low attic walls. Below are some alternatives on doing this:
- The low part of the ceiling should have the head of the bed.
- A chair or couch may be placed in low spaces.
- Entertainment units, desks, and bookcases can go along low walls.
People are physically blocked by this form of furniture positioning along low zones that lack sufficient head clearance. You only need to make sure that there is sufficient height clearance for sitting for these strategies to work.
3. Move the Stairs
There are instances when the stairs to your attic has to be built in a manner that will take up much valued floor space in your attic. This undertaking may entail a more complex work plan for a contractor, but the outcome of a great floor plan that may indicate more space is definitely worth every penny you need to shell out.
Some strategies are enumerated below:
- Your stairs can have a landing and two (2) half flights by breaking them up.
- Your stairs can descend to a landing before changing direction, in effect working the slope of your roof line.
- The stairwell can have a skylight.
Your attic can have a surge of added function as well as a curb appeal by having dormers. They are extremely essential if you want to achieve both objectives that have just been mentioned. While you are working on the dormers, you have to ensure that you are both strategic and technically knowledgeable. The issues concerning height and light efficiency have to be tackled. They can really liven up a home’s attic space. Below are some of their uses:
- A kitchen or bathroom can acquire added space.
- Areas for sitting.
- Desks can have nooks.
You will most definitely derive additional space toward the middle part of your attic, as a result of the extra space created by the dormer that you have installed. You can increase the capacity for circulation and movement in your attic by using the perimeters of the said room hence leaving more open space in the mid-section.
Attics which are usually dark greatly benefit from having skylights as these are great in adding light. Homes having neighbors who are close to each other such as those found in the cities have perfect use for them as there is generally an issue with regard to the view in these places. It is much harder to install a dormer compared to a skylight. An illusion of increased vertical space is achieved when such “windows” are created on sloped roofs. The following places are recommended to have skylights and skylight wells:
- Above sinks of bathrooms.
- For desks or beds above built-in nooks.
- In shower stalls of built-in bathrooms.
- In stairwells.
- In kitchens located in the attic.
- In areas considered as main living spaces.
A feeling of having more space is provided by windows. In addition to this, they also permit natural light to enter a room. These two (2) aspects are important, so make sure that you maximize the potential of your windows! Check if they are in good condition. If they are not, replace them and pay attention to the tips below:
- Height can be added to some windows.
- Your view through your windows can be improved by making them lower and bigger.
- Your windows can be widened.
Even though all the strategies mentioned above are all employable, you do not necessarily have to follow all of them. You may find that only one (1) or two (2) of them are actually needed to be done after a detailed assessment of what a room actually requires. Suppose your window cannot be widened further due to lack of available space, then you can opt to give it added height which will allow deep light to enter the room.
7. Reflect Light
Ceilings, floors, walls, or objects in a room have the ability to absorb or reflect light. You can help natural light or sunlight to move around the room thereby making it brighter by natural means with the use of white and other light hues to paint walls and ceilings that are adjacent to windows. Light will also be bounced back and spread all throughout the room by having reflective surfaces such as mirrors and hardwood floors. In summary:
- Use white paint for ceilings.
- Make use of light carpets and hardwood flooring.
- Use light reflecting colors on walls that are across from as well as beside windows.
- Utilize mirrors and other reflective surfaces.
8. Add Sufficient Lighting
Unfortunately, there isn’t always sufficient natural light to go by that can liven up small areas and open them up. In cases like these, electric light becomes the option. Hire the services of a professional electrician after giving a thought to what kind of lighting you prefer and need, then have the following installed:
- Sufficient plugs for lamps
- Pot lights or overhead lighting
- Task lighting
- Lights and scones that are wall-mounted
9. Renovation for Small Bathrooms
Your attic space can be put to good use by building a small bathroom in it. It will certainly be required if your intention is to transform it into an apartment. Codes however have to be followed to ensure that you meet the minimum head clearance. A shower, sink, or toilet can be positioned under the sloped roof lines. Below are some strategies for small bathrooms in attics:
- Under a sloped roof ceiling is the ideal location for your toilet.
- Against a low wall is where your vanity should be installed.
- For more light, add a skylight above the sink.
- Along the low wall of the shower, a bench may be added.
- To attain a bit more head room, install a skylight well above the shower.