| Great Spaces Four families who turned cobwebs and crawl spaces into lustworthy attic suites
When a bigger house isn’t an option, an attic renovation gets the job done
“I used to work in my dreary basement,” Lisa says. “It’s the worst for an interior designer, because there’s no natural light.” Relocating the office upstairs was impossible, because space was maxed out in the three-bedroom Victorian semi she shares with her husband and kids. “We searched for four years for a house with just one extra room,” Lisa says. “Nothing was within our budget.”
In 2014, she popped the hatch to the attic to scope out the house’s neglected third floor. “It was literally a hole,” she says. “There wasn’t even a staircase.” Further exploration revealed an eightfoot ceiling.
She redesigned the dust pit into a 450-square-foot, Zen-like master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Baltic birch, white oak and slate finishes give the attic an earthy look. Pocket doors with translucent panels divide the bath and bedroom while allowing light to filter through. A meditative nook tucked under the pitched roof is dressed in a bohemian carpet and Moroccan pillows. At the landing of the new staircase is a sun-splashed den where large, westfacing windows frame the trees beyond.
And that office? It’s now located in the former master bedroom. Stephen has turned the basement into a photography studio.
Iris and Bryan Kerr turned their attic into a stylish master retreat