If you own your house, and you find that said house is just a little bit too small, there are a few things you can do. You can move to another, larger house. You can build an addition, which will require laying a new foundation and building new walls. Or, you can do what these enterprising homeowners did: they looked up.
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 nine examples of musty attics that were transformed into beautiful and useful spaces.
It's hard to believe that this breathtaking bathroom was once an attic. The homeowner, designer Tamara Kaye-Honey, took full advantage of the space's dramatic height, and tucked a shower into one of the existing gables. You can read more about the transformation on Lonny.
In this design from Sarah Wittenbraker Interiors, via Houzz, an attic space with a dramatically sloped roof becomes a cozy master bedroom. The white floor helps to bounce light around the space, while the butterfly and branch wallpaper gives the room a dreamy feel, almost like a small private escape.
This homeowner, an architect, turned an unused attic into a master suite, office, and family gathering space. You can read more about the project at Dwell.
The owners of this Los Angeles home, spotted on MyDomaine, turned an unused attic space into a bedroom/hideaway for visiting grandchildren. Two twin beds tuck neatly under the eaves, and there's plenty of storage space underneath.
In this Westport, Connecticut family home, spotted on Architectural Digest, a third-floor attic has been transformed into a cozy kids' playroom.
In this small Danish home, spotted on Dwell, the attic was transformed into the master bedroom. A custom platform bed provides extra storage, and also ensures there's plenty of head room in this unusually shaped space.
At his Delaware home, designer Matthew Caughy turned an unused attic into a sitting room off the master bedroom. The white walls and ceiling reflect light from the space's single window, and the paneled ceiling draws the eye up. You can see more of this project at Houzz.
In this project from This Old House, a dark, drafty attic became a sunny master suite. (I love the chest-of-drawers that's built directly into the wall.) You can see a video of the transformation here.
This guest room/home office combo from Country Living wasn't exactly an attic in its previous life, but the homeowners did bust into a three-foot-deep crawlspace, once separated by a wall from this second-floor bedroom, in order to create the nook for the guest bed.