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Dated Attic Becomes Guest Suite Retreat

As their family grew, these past clients approached us requesting a design/remodel of their dated 1980’s third floor. While it had 2 bedrooms, a loft space, and a bathroom, they needed improved functionality and use of the space. We completely reconfigured the space, by relocating the bathroom and two bedrooms to better accommodate their adult children and grandkids. One of our constraints was the roof pitch, which resulted in low-angled ceilings. Entering the floor, we made efficient use of the area by incorporating a reading nook in one dormer and a writing desk in the other. Built-in shelves separate the two areas for books and toys, and there is now a comfortable and open space for the little ones to play. The bathroom was designed to utilize every sq. inch of space and creativity was paramount. Entering through a pocket door, we custom built a vanity, extending it with a shelf over the toilet area and adding a small open cabinet for towels and guests’ toiletries. Placement of the water heater was needed in this tiny room, so we pocketed it into the wall and hid it with a removable door, while still allowing access as needed. Over the vanity we recessed a medicine cabinet and additional storage was added with a linen cabinet and shelves under the sloped ceiling next to the shower. A sliding glass door with barn door style mechanism provides entry into the shower, and a soothing tile covers the walls and slanted ceiling. A coordinating accent tile surrounds the space, capturing the eye and creating the illusion of a larger space than it is. Both bedrooms have sloped ceilings with clipped wall height. One bedroom allows for a queen-sized bed and storage is recessed in the walls.The larger bedroom accommodates 2 full-sized beds and a dresser for storage. Both bedrooms have wooden wall pegs for hanging clothes. Both bedrooms boast a gorgeous, wallpapered feature wall and complementing dark wall and ceiling paint, for a richly warm and cozy aesthetic. These homeowners are delighted with the design elements and reconfiguration of the floor that creatively uses every nook and cranny of space. They used the space almost immediately upon completion, and state “we now have a third floor in which we proudly host friends and family!”

Unique Aspects:

  • Attic space converted into guest accommodations
  • Rich wallpaper and paint colors
  • Creative storage solutions

Location: Indianapolis, IN Credits: Photography by Sara C Imagery

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