If you are fortunate to have an attic in your home, if you haven’t converted it already, you may be missing out on prime real estate for a master bedroom. An attic master bedroom enables you to have privacy, optimum views to the outside, and you can claim this extra square footage if you decide to sell your home. If you want to turn your attic into a master bedroom, here are some tips to see if it works for your home and lifestyle.
- Is attic living for you? While the idea of attic living sounds fabulous, ensure that you are ready for the transition from the main floor. While many people enjoy their master bedroom at the top of the house for the serenity, many don’t enjoy the climb up the stairs. If you have small children, you may not want to be far removed on another floor. While if you have teenagers and a large family, the attic may be exactly what you need! Assess your family lifestyle and the layout of your attic in relation to other parts of the home to decide if a master bedroom attic will fit.
- What will it take to convert? The next step is to determine how much work, cost and house renovating it will take to convert your attic into a master bedroom. For older houses, the heating, ventilating and air conditioning will have to be run to the attic and possibly plumbing pipes. For many home owners, the expense of having to run new services to the attic is minimal in comparison to the benefit of added space and functionality. Before you get started, ask a contractor or a home improvement professional to assist you in estimating the costs. Remember return on investment (ROI) could bring you back more money than you invested into the initial conversion.
- Bring in natural light: Since attics are at the top of the home, the option for natural light should be priority. While many homes don’t have skylights, other options such as dormer windows which are located in the walls of the attic, as opposed to the ceiling, and even solar tubes can be installed to bring light into the master bedroom attic space. Along with natural light, views to the outside should be considered, as humans thrive on seeing daylight and fresh scenery daily. Take full advantage of the height and the views, you are at the top of the world, literally!
- Play up the beauty with decor: Attic spaces are beautiful for many reasons. One of the biggest is the gorgeous architectural lines of the attic roof lines, which in turn are your master bedroom ceilings. Play these up with beautiful coloring on the walls and adding emphasis to accentuate your attic’s architectural space. For smaller attics, use lighter colors, and for attics with natural light pouring in, consider adding darker accent walls where the bed will be to add a focal point to your space.
Attics that are converted into master bedrooms have so much potential. They can be a hidden treasure tucked away from the rest of the house, and they can look out upon the world for maximum enjoyment. If you are trying to determine what to do with your attic space, think about converting it into a master bedroom. Take advantage of the space, before another member of your house wants to use it for their teenage rock band!
Freshome reader’s do you have an attic master bedroom? Have you ever thought of putting one in your home? We’d love to hear your comments.