It may be hard to believe, but this gorgeous room was once nothing but an empty attic space. We are going to show you how the empty space was transformed into a self-contained suite, and give you some tips on undertaking the project yourself.
How to get started
Transforming an empty roof space means you can capitalise on your home’s hidden assets.
There are specialist attic conversion companies who can do the job for you, or you can use your own architect and structural engineer to bring concept drawings to life.
To start, your space will need to be assessed and measured. Special features or obstructions will be noted by your chosen specialist and you’ll be appraised of local council regulations, such as what’s possible and what’s not.
It's also important to remember that you’ll need stairway access, which will be part of the design process. The next step is to submit your plans to council for approval. Once approved, construction can commence.
If council regulations and space permits, accommodate a bed or a sofa bed, storage, dining space, and a kitchenette with a walled-in ensuite.
In this project an L-shaped kitchen was chosen because it doesn't encroach into the room, but will provide plenty of bench space for food prep. We suggest a stove and oven combo, or even an upright cooker, if space permits. Alternatively, integrate a compact stovetop and oven into the design.
In this project, the low splash back was capped with a narrow shelf. You can never have enough landing spots for storing everyday items in the kitchen. Another design element you may consider is an inset antiqued mirror (seen here) which acts as a focal point above the cooker.
Camouflage stainless steel appliances, such as an under-counter microwave, refrigerator and dishwasher, by using a colour palette of blue or palest grey.
Alternatively, you can fully integrate appliances so they are concealed behind door panels.
The living/dining zone
An L-shaped banquette create a smart dining nook while also providing much-needed storage for linens other odd bits and pieces. It saves on precious space as you don’t need to allow for pulling chairs in and out.
However, we suggest including an armchair (seen here) to provide the feel of a casual living area. Suspend a statement pendant light over the table so the space feels finished and 'zoned'.
The bedroom & windows
This dreamy sleeping space is all-white and relies on layers of different textures and shapes for interest. In this bedroom the knitted throw with plush pompoms add texture, while the two different styles of bedside tables (a round side table and a squared off bedside with brass handles and trims) adds interest.
A floor to ceiling window will flood the space with natural light, making it feel light, bright and airy. Large windows also add a lovely dramatic feel to a small space.
The bathroom nook
In this project, the bathroom space was maximised by using a large vanity (you could also upcycle a chest of drawers) that fits the available space. This way towels can be stored away along with toiletries and bathroom essentials.
Decorating tips to take away
- If you plan on renovating empty roof space into a room =similar to this one, it’s important to acknowledge that the space will be small. With that in mind, it’s best to keep your colour scheme calm. White is an obvious choice, but if you want a little colour consider pastel blue for lower cabinets/cupboards or storage areas.
- If you love the idea of a contemporary concrete benchtop and splash back, but don’t love the cost of it, go for a concrete-look laminate.
- For a little glam, you can’t beat brass tapware and accessories. You can find these in both contemporary and traditional styles.
- A large rug that stretches almost wall-to-wall can be used to add a layer of warmth and to zone a space, deonstrated in the bedroom here. It can be patterned, but in a small space we suggest keeping the colours serene and subtle.
- Sheer linen curtains can provide privacy during daylight but at night you’ll need heavier drapes, curtain liners or blinds.
- If a large picture window isn’t an option, you can still create a grand impression by hanging your curtains from up high down to the floor.
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