How to turn your Attic into a Functional Space?

One of the greatest ways to increase the value of your home is to make the best out of the space you have. This includes that dark and dusty attic you use for storage. The fact that you have potential square footage right over your head should be incentive alone. These spaces can be carefully crafted into multiple uses, even if the space is awkward and small. Here are a few great examples of how these home-owners sprang into spring cleaning early and turned storage space into a beautiful space.

I finished the Connecticut home a few months ago. The attic had some what of a low ceiling which posed no problem to these yoga lovers. We included some Fung Shui pieces that spoke to the home-owners religious background and created a very Zen attic living space.

Here is another view, and much better quality.

Many attic spaces are much smaller then the floor below it, especially in older homes. Even with the lack of space you can create something necessary in your home such as a guest room/reading nook. The designer made it an easy project by insulating the room between the original support beams and adding a hardwood floor.

Loved the design of this lofted attic space. If you see potential to open the attic up into the floor below it, go for it. The open space brings in such great light to your home.

One of the most valued qualities of the attic space is quiet; something all parents need when raising a household. So if you are dying for a little peace and quite, adjust the space to be fitted for your Master bedroom.

Don’t have the height to turn your attic into an adult space? Slanted ceilings are not such an obstacle for kids. In fact, once you have cleaned out your attic it has the potential to be a great kids bedroom….


How to design a Home Gym?

Like the doctor says, all it takes is a little exercise to fix some of life’s smaller problems. It lifts your spirits, prevents weigh-gain, helps you battle heart disease and other conditions, and makes you look and feel great. But lets face it, it’s a bummer to get started. In fact, some of us find it more of a hurtle just to get ready and get to the gym then the actual workout itself.  Which is why introducing a gym into your home minimizes the opportunity to make excuses. And say good-bye to the those expensive memberships. With all that money saved up you can integrate a beautiful gym into your home, and a beautiful life-style.

Gyms can be created out of any awkward space, which is why its becoming a popular integration into these old NYC apartments. This example has the important equipment sitting at the bottom of the stairs in this NYC duplex.

Another small gym created in space that would end up being storage. Moving around some of your things to the attic can clear out just enough room to fit in what you need to get yourself off the couch and onto the stair-master.

Or better yet, clear out the house of all your unwanted clutter and turn the attic into the gym. This project wont just get you back into shape but also clear your mind and spirit, and obviously raise the price of your home by exploiting more useable square-footage.

Sometimes all you have is a strip of space along a hall or cabinet. Which is all the space you need for Yoga or Pilates. Just roll up and hide those bright, eye-sore mats and tuck them away in a piece of furniture. Love the furniture piece here as well. Very locker-chic.

When I say gym, that doesn’t mean you have to splurge on all the latest equipment and work-out gear. In fact, all you need is to find something that brings up that heart-rate and you are good to go. This means you can coordinate your workout in any room. Forget the ceiling to floor mirrors and rubber floors, this bathroom/exercise room does just the trick. Find a place you feel happy is the perfect place for your gear.

Many of my clients struggle on where to hang their collected sports memorabilia. And it’s true, many of these pieces look classless and out of place. But not anymore, sports memorabilia and exercise rooms go hand and hand. It’s a great visual goal to set yourself as you run off those extra pounds.

Make it a family affair by incorporating fun kids crafts into the room. I love these fun, Popsicle-like handing lighting fixtures that plays on with the kids crafting corner. This is a great example of using up all the space you have in your home.

Of course many of these city townhouses just don’t have the room. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have the resources to add exercise activities. This eventful children’s bedroom has lots of things to do, built with a small climbing wall, basketball court and punching bag.
One my favorite professional designs would be this classy home gym.  The designer left plenty of room to change its purpose if you choose to move the gym equipment into another space. I love the molding around the over-sized mirror and built-in entertainment center. Its important to remember to add entertainment to your workout room. A flat screen can do just the trick to get your mind off all those miles.