A well-designed attic conversion can transform uncomfortably hot – and cold – sloped-wall rooms into appealing sleeping and living spaces.
Nancy and Dan Griffin of Minneapolis live in a traditional Tudor with cove ceilings and chopped-up rooms, but upstairs they’ve created a master suite that has open and uncluttered Asian-influenced spaces.
And Linda and Gerry Berglin’s remodeled attic in their Craftsman bungalow in Minneapolis feels like it was always part of the house, yet it features a luxurious bathroom, 10-foot ceilings and a closet as big as the kitchen.
“We’ve been getting a lot more inquiries about converting attics into usable space,” said Dan Hayes of Plekkenpol Builders in Bloomington, Minn. “Creating a bedroom and bathroom by far are the most popular.”
Many homeowners want to stay in their neighborhoods rather than move and are exploring ways to expand, said Hayes. They might not have yard space for an addition, so they’re heading upstairs.
“The appeal is you can create a nice getaway with its own modern bathroom and big walk-in closet,” said Hayes. “Typical old-house closets are only 3 by 3 feet.”
Here’s an inside look at two attic conversions.
“But we wanted to make use of the raw space we already had,” added Linda.