Top 5 Unusual Uses For Lofts And Attics

Top 5 Unusual Uses For Lofts And Attics
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    If you are lucky enough to have an attic or loft, there are a number of ways to use it, and no matter what use you eventually employ the space for, you are the one who will live with it.

    Themes, color schemes and illumination, flooring and furnishings make huge differences in atmosphere.

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Some people enjoy cozy, claustrophobic spaces. Others need more airy-feeling areas. So go ahead and take your personal needs, likes, dislikes, and finances into consideration. 

Rented Room

One could use this space to generate extra income by renovating it into a rent-by-month room, complete with restrooms and kitchenettes. On the other hand, a bed and breakfast room that rents by the night can generate more income. However, because the guests come downstairs to use the restroom and eat their breakfast, which the homeowner prepares, lack of privacy might make the extra income less appealing. 

Walk-in Closet

Visions of boxes of old Christmas decorations, grandpa’s old steamer trunk, and various mementos from school days come to mind. However, what if one were to develop that same space into one huge, well-arranged walk-in closet? Imagine a wall with long bars on which to hang seasonal or special occasion clothes and shoe and purse racks built into the shorter wall spaces.

A full-length mirror and stool would grace one end of the closet. Family members could have their own sections. There would be no more need to store winter sweaters beneath the bed or have piles of seasonal coats or shoes crowd the bedroom closets. 

Crow’s Nest

A crow’s nest was a small spot way up on a tall mast where a sailor perched to look out for things like land or pirates. Today’s uses still imply a place to look out upon things. What is there to look out upon from your attic or loft? Is there a river, a forest, the ocean, or a great view of the night sky?

A pair of binoculars, a telescope, and at least one strategically positioned window is essential for the crow’s nest. Charts, either nautical or of the stars, are recommended. A person could have some fun decorating the space in dark woods and maroons with ships wheels, old pirate-looking chests and a few leather-bound books. 

Spiritual Retreat

Everyone needs a private place to go to regroup and rejuvenate. A place to read, pray, and contemplate can include bookshelves, a small table, an easy chair, or rocking chair. Restoration of the body and soul can also happen within a private spa. A deep whirlpool bathtub, a dry sauna, adorned with plush carpets and towels could be just what the doctor ordered. Herbal teas, pretty candles, skylights, a few plants, and an indoor waterfall are all possible in this space renovated especially for relaxation.

Herbal Drying Room

Because heat rises, lofts and attics are perfect areas to dry herbs and flowers. The plants tend to keep vibrant color as they dry out in attics and lofts. The joy of fragrance as they dry is indescribable, wonderful, and rewarding. Uses for the dried plants include teas, medicines, spices, and decorations. One would need a large table for working. Stackable screens lined with herbal leaves and blooms are necessary. One can get creative about how to hang some plants upside down from the ceiling. 

While determining how you want to use the space, consider what type of work will need done. Will you need to hire a contractor or do you plan to turn your loft or attic into a usable area all on your own? Do windows or sheet rock need installed? You may also need to call in an exterminator to rid the area of unwanted tenants like squirrels or bees. 

Whatever use and method you decide upon, enjoy your new project.

About the Author

This article comes from Phill representing www.chcbuild.co.uk, Charles Henderson Loft Conversions & House Extensions – the perfect choice for loft conversions west London.

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