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5 Times Old Musty Attics Became Rooms To Die For

updated May 3, 2019
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Sure, attics are known as musty, dark places, but with some imagination, they can be beautiful, inspiring rooms. Depending on how steeply it’s sloped, there might be a lot of square footage hiding right under your roof. For a little inspiration, check out these examples of attics that were transformed into beautiful and useful spaces.

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In her Concord, New Hampshire, attic apartment, Arnie insulated the 900-square-foot space and clad the walls in cheap, white-washed pine for a light, airy effect. She calls the it her “pied-à-terre.”

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Helen, David and Nami live in a two-bedroom attic apartment in a historic mansion that was converted to apartments. The space has its perks, such as the walls painted yellow (Helen’s favorite color) and its convenience to downtown Oakland and public transit. But the awkward attic space also has its drawbacks: small windows resulting in low light, weird ceilings angles, and a tiny kitchen.

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Nacho bought this square-shaped 1930s attic apartment in Barcelona, Spain, when the kitchen was where the bathroom is today, and the mezzanine was nonexistent. After two years of remodeling he was ready to enjoy his loft “for one,” but then he met Irene. Next came baby Ray!

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Terra rents an attic apartment in her grandparents’ house in Minneapolis. Almost untouched since the 1960s, the apartment sports one-of-a-kind walls covered in vintage fabric.

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Mona and her boyfriend have created the perfect attic hideaway. Full of excellent thrift store finds and a surprising amount of light for Seattle, it is the kind of spot that folds you in.