Description from the architects: In approaching this project, we studied the composition of the existing building and identified multiple layers added to one another over time. These additions had compressed the living space since the original construction dating back to 1880.
Inside the attic, we found that the current flat roof was built on top of a former sloped roof together reaching a thickness of over five feet which was mixed in with layers of tar.
Through a subtraction process and by replacing the existing structure with new joists, we gained 5 feet of space, therefore making up a 13 foot height on the third floor. The space of the new master bedroom and artist studio gained in natural light with the integration of a ribbon window where the attic was.
Addition: The floor is organized around a small volume wrapped by hemlock shelves obtained through the careful deconstruction of the roof structure. The patina of the aged wood is preserved and highlighted by contrast as the surrounding are composed of abstract white surfaces. The shelves winding around the volume seem to protect a secret. This volume is sliced in two by a tempered glass roof, bringing natural light into the marble tiled shower.
Abstraction and texture: If the main intervention unfolds on the top floor, several situations were identified throughout the house as opportunities for small interventions. Although textures vary, a white paint finish is applied in order to preserve the original textures and the beauty of wooden structures while connecting their various expressions together.
A tailored living space: The changes introduced throughout the house support a contemporary family dynamic. By rethinking space distribution and by integrating moving partitions, the house can adapt to everyday needs with new areas dedicated to children and parents and with added possibilities in terms of privacy. This project puts forward an intervention, which, despite its small scale, expresses with strength and sensitivity the expression of a local architecture. Juliette est aux combles!
Photos: Steve Montpetit
Attic rooms are a highly functional space that many people use for storage when they can be more cleverly used as an additional room in your home. There are so many uses for an attic space, including turning it into an extra bedroom, closet, home office, entertainment room, library, home theater, craft room, art studio, playroom, bathroom or even a cozy reading nook. We have previously presented to you 27 Spectacular attic bedroom designs, which you can take a look at as well for further inspiration. Attic spaces have a special charm to them, they give a sense of warmth and comfort due to the confined nature of the space. Designing in such a space has many design challenges to overcome, but if you are determined, the project can be a lot of fun. That is why we put together this collection for you to help you get started on your project. The space is your oasis to turn into whatever you like, there is nothing stopping you from turning the room into a visual dream, whether it be hanging a hammock in the middle of the space, adding a swing or turning it into a meditation area decorated with string lights. Before you make any decisions on how you will renovate or decorate your attic, we have some fabulous examples of attic rooms that will surely help to inspire you. Do any of these fulfill your wishes?
Photo Sources: 1. Jessica Helgerson, 2. Bjurfors, 3. Andra Birkerts Design, 4. Vicky’s Home, 5. AMDG Architects, 6. Amy Hopkins Designs, 7. Fantastik Frank, 8. Laura U Interiors, 9. Björn and Marianne Aaro, 10. Buckingham Interiors + Design, 11. Bjurfors, 12. Culligan Abraham Architecture, 13. Brian Patterson Designs, 14. Dyanne Wilson Photography, 15. Cardea Building, 16. Dumican Mosey Architects, 17. ERA Andersson & Karn, 18. Jessica Helgerson, 19. Husman Hagberg, 20. CG&S Design-Build, 21. Driggs Designs, 22. Bf Konsult, 23. ESNY, 24. ERA Andersson & Karn, 25. Peter Landgren, 26. Upscale Construction, 27. Pinterest, 28. Home by Dean, 29. Bjurfors, 30. Meredith Heron, 31. Lands End Development, 32. MOVH, 33. Peter Landgren, 34. Skandia Maklarna, 35. Björn and Marianne Aaro, 36. Bjurfors, 37. Amy Lau Design
Spotted on Mi Casa, this dark attic with few windows, low ceilings and uncomfortable atmosphere was a great challenge to transform it into a bright and spacious apartment in the central district of Argüelles, Madrid, Spain. The transformation of the 538 square foot space was by interior architect Susana Sendín. It was discovered that a large part of the roof was, in fact, higher, so the attic regained its original gabled roof, supported by a network of beams. The crushed plaster, in addition, made visible the walls of brick, with pillars and wooden beams. All these original elements of the attic were stabilized and reinforced and now, painted – almost all – white, are key in interior design, which merged industrial style with shabby chic.
A new distribution of the floor makes the home functional, defining the public and private spaces. The public spaces are situated near the entrance and the two bedrooms, with sloping ceilings, towards the interior. To communicate and separate environments, the architect designed ad hoc sliding doors, which recreate the style of the door of a cabin. The lodge aesthetic is reinforced with streaks and knots in the flooring, a laminate in bleached oak, gives visual continuity to spaces. The dominant color is white creating luminosity throughout the space, but the interior designer turned to touches of color to create more bright and dynamic corners, and also contrasted it with black. The kitchen takes this and the brick to give a genuine industrial air.
This stunning home is the work of Florence-based studio q-bic, “pallets loft” is a renovation of the attic space of a nineteenth century industrial building situated on the edge of the historic center of Florence, Italy. Comprised of 1,937 square feet (180 square meters) of living space, the loft has a multi-purpose destination for hosting small events and parties but also acts as temporary accommodation for guests.
The loft has a seamless look with small partitions that have been painted in different hues that marks the space and emphasizes the division of functions. The appearance is poly-functional which led to the choice of pallets for furnishing solutions both for a cosmetic issue and for their intrinsic function, that of ease of handling. In fact, both the beds that the kitchen island and where appropriate, the console housing the sinks in the bathroom, you can move and find a place in other rooms, freeing surfaces and changing the connotation of the place
The two opposite ends are placed environments “night”, separated from the living area by sliding walls central in natural iron. The choice of finishes and materials helps to emphasize the industrial origin of the place, where by contrast a few selected items of furniture, design classics (Eames, Saarinen, Le Corbusier) living with contemporary design elements.
Photos: Lorenzo Nencioni
A dream apartment in Paris, France, architects Isabelle and her partner Matthew from design studio L’Atelier d’Archi, met the challenge to transform the top floor of a building into a cozy house, with lots of bright ideas and dark colors. They gutted the small 753 square foot apartment and redistributed the spaces. They wish to expand gradually when neighboring apartments become available. Everything was custom made in the apartment, kitchen shelving, fireplace, stairs, and shelving in the lounge, the buffet under the stairs and the stair railing. The couple works hand in hand with artisans fulfills their unique desires. The architects infused dark colors in their design, they wanted to enhance their small space and felt that the darker tones would create warmth. Large windows illuminate the spaces with light throughout as well as skylights in the upstairs and glass panels in the floor.
Photos: Louise Desrosiers
This stunning attic apartment spotted on Nuevo Estilo is located in the old city of Bilbao, Spain, rehabilitated by interior designer Mikel Larrinaga. The home is situated in a neoclassical building with an incredible terrace oasis with views, a luxury in the center of the city. Although the interior left much to be desired, with its compartmentalized spaces, obsolete finishes and old installations, Mikel had a great vision of the future that the home offered. One of the fundamental objectives was to orient the home out towards the terrace, creating a nice aesthetic. After applying an in-depth rehabilitation, the old floor has become an apartment filled with light, updated interiors and plenty of comfort.
During the reformation, the designer discovered an element of surprise while demolishing the false ceiling and revealing a double height, taking advantage of the space and turning it into a loft. He retained part of the structure and created a network of iron and wood on which rests the bedroom. Some of the constructive elements were left exposed, such as a brick wall and wood beams. The interiors were painted white to create brightness and oak flooring was used throughout except for the bathroom. The home is a mix of flea market and vintage finds merging with chairs of industrial origin and hints of design, with the dressing of personal details, souvenirs and artworks.
This fabulous attic studio is just a mere 495-square feet in the Söder neighborhood of Stockholm, Sweden. Impeccably and creatively designed by interior designer Jimmy Schonning, who is a local celebrity for his role in the Swedish Television shows “Finally at Home” and “Styling Emergency.” This stylish home is jam-packed with innovative storage solutions (built-in closets; a washer and drier hidden under a workbench in the bathroom) and tons of personality. The living room sofa is built in modules which can be turned to face the terrace in the summer, or the kitchen during the winter months.
This studio is clearly an example of utilizing every inch of space to perform functionally without sacrificing style. The usage of storage is both clever and unassuming. The natural and artificial lighting was well planned and allows the apartment to feel more spacious. The minimalistic approach with furnishings and accessories supports the grander feel of the home making it warm and inviting. Via
This reading corner can be changed into an extra bed. Schonning designed the leather poufs, with cushions from an Ikea carpet.
Behind the platform bed is an enlarged a photograph the designer snapped in Rio de Janeiro.
The shelf over the sink is made from wood scraps from an old jetty, lined with glass on the top and bottom to better reflect light and show off objects.
The black bathtub is made of recycled plastic.
In the bathroom, wooden shelves in front of the window screen the room from public view, and provide added storage.
A detail of the entrance hall closet, constructed to allow a rolling bin underneath.
The apartment’s built-in closets are deep and have mirrors on one side.
Photos: Per Magnus Persson
Ceramic House is a gorgeous attic space situated in a classic early 20th century building that has been transformed into a new living space with a mulitude of levels in Madrid, Spain. Designed by Spanish architect Héctor Ruiz-Velázquez, as if the design would be a three-dimensional object, where every one of the rooms or points of the home can be located by specifying the axis of coordinates. The result is the power to move around in few square meters at different heights, going up and down, offering a new experience of roominess in the context of a home: to explore the space. The transition between the rooms is continuous and lets the movement flow freely across the numerous levels.
The spatial flexibility that transforms this home is an innovative housing concept which adapts itself to the actual necessities and to the new usages. Where roominess, brightness and time flow in a multifunctional space without corners or precedence. It is also about expanding the parameters of interior design as well as the conventional trends of arrangement. According to the architect’s objective the ceramic thus transforms itself into an excellent dynamic entity able to offer the luxuriousness of working in three dimensions. “Change and continuation”, “tradition and innovation” simply unfold with a new angle on the use of ceramic material.
Visit the website of architect Héctor Ruiz-Velázquez here.
Photos: Pedro Martínez
House at Hillside is a half a century old single storey terrace with an attic on a narrow site in Singapore. Designed by Nota Design International pte Ltd, the family home was renovated with the decision to preserve the existing 1,582 square foot (147 square meters) structure. There were three main criteria to the project; the retrofitting had to be cost effective, sustainable and a symbiosis of Art and Design.
Here is a description of the project from the architects, “the original living room measures only 6 meters by 3.4 meters and divided by old masonry walls on both ends and worsen by a low flat ceiling which makes the space incredibly small. The front and rear walls of the living room were demolished. In their places were two sets of new full-height timber-framed clear glass pivot panels. This allows good cross ventilation across the length of the house when doors are opened.
Flat ceiling was also removed to expose the huge space under the high pitch roof. High ceiling keeps the habitable space cooler especially when it’s 6 meters at its highest. A second wall fronting the original living room wall was also demolished to create the new L- shaped Patio. The two bedrooms were retained with some modifications. A doorway was introduced between the two bedrooms to allow direct access to the front kids’ room. The small window in the master bedroom fronting the air well is transformed into a large doorway to allow occupant to enjoy natural air and greenery from the bed day and night. The locations of the kitchen, storeroom, attic space and the two bathrooms were left unchanged with much cosmetic modification” Via
Visit the website of Nota Design International pte Ltd here.
Photos: Nota Design International pte Ltd
Converting an attic to a bedroom is a fabulous idea to make the space more functional and useful. Although an attic is typically not voluminous and proportionate, it is comfortable enough for a bedroom and dressing area. An attic bedroom is usually associated with romance because it allows the necessary privacy since it is separate from the rest of the home. A bedroom designed in an attic creates a warm, cozy atmosphere; it is an awesome space to relax, to dream or simply to have a good night’s sleep. Such a bedroom is a perfect solution for small houses where space is at a premium. Enjoy the collection of pictures we have put together for you, hopefully it leaves you feeling inspired to design a bedroom nesting area of your dreams. Don’t forget to let us know which one is your favorite and why!
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