Before-and-After Attic Remodels

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November 25, 2014

Photo By: John Heineman

Photo By: Philippe Beauparlant

Before: Catchall for Clutter

For years, this homeowner and single dad used the attic of this 1946 cottage as a space to store hand-me-downs.

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After: Multipurpose and Playful

Designer Brian Patrick Flynn transformed the open space into a girl's bedroom, made up of three different zones: a sleeping space, an area to store books and toys, and a place for reading and clothing storage along the back wall.  

Before: Wasted Space

Like many attics, this one sat unappreciated and underutilized.  

After: Office and Sleeping Quarters

Designer Philippe Beauparlant converted the space into an office, an increasingly popular feature in homes today. Photography by John Heineman  

Plus, a Cozy Nook

The space Beauparlant designed also functions as a guest room, using the niche near the window to house a comfortable bed. With families spread across the country and people making friends from far-flung places when they travel, guest space has risen on the "must-have" list of many homeowners. Photography by John Heineman  

Before: Heaters Beware

What to do when an attic serves no function but to house the water heaters?  

After: Personal Gym

For a client who wanted to reclaim the space for a home gym, designer Bruce Graf of Graf Developments switched to a tankless heater, increased the flooring space, and installed a well-equipped workout space that makes the most of the home’s upper reaches. Photography by Ken Vaughan  

Before: Bare Space

In its existing state, the attic was a blank canvas with light-toned laminate floors, white walls and bare windows.  

After: Earthy Bedroom Retreat

Interior designer Alexandra Hernandez transformed this empty 24x10 space into a serene studio apartment. She updated the previously black fireplace with copper spray paint and added a 1970s hand-me-down sectional. "Altogether, I think I spent about $250 on the area," Hernandez says. "It looks deceptively high-end."  

Burlap Design Details

To add architectural interest and texture, Hernandez created a wall-mounted headboard made by wrapping plywood with inexpensive batting and burlap, stapling it, then attaching it to the wall with a nail gun.  

Before: An Eyesore

This attic, above the garage, was in disarray before Bruce Graf of Graf Developments took on the project.  

After: Entertainment Lounge Area

Graf designed a home theater where everyone can be seated and ceiling height is less of an issue than rooms used for standup entertaining. Photography by Ken Vaughan  

On the Way Up

To create easy access to the upstairs space, Graf created a large, circular staircase, and turned the resulting behind-the-stairs nook into a wine cellar. Photography by Ken Vaughan  

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