Attic conversions are a great way for those who cannot afford to build a room extension due to logistical or financial reasons. Extending into the roof space is a growing option for an increasing number of home owners. Moreover, an attic conversion can be a wise investment for those who may wish to sell their home in years to come.

We’ve scoured the interwebs to give you fresh ideas on how you can transform a livable attic into a beautiful extra space.

#1 Craft room

This craft room is extremely cute that we want to step right in and do some scrap booking.

purple attic craft room

 #2 Cozy guest room

If you have guests coming over for a few days, you don’t have to give up your bedroom if you don’t have extra space. Your attic will do just fine.

cozy attic guest room

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#3 Reading nook

If you love quiet afternoons and good books, your attic could be the perfect reading nook.

reading nook attic idea

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# 4 Family Room

You don’t have to build a new entertainment room for a growing family. Check if your attic has enough space to put some comfy furniture and a TV.

contemporary family attic guest room

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#5 Home office

Since the attic is the least visited part of the house, it can be an ideal study room. If you are working or running a business from home, transforming your attic into a vibrant home office is a good investment.

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Do you need help converting vacant rooms into functional living spaces? Call us today or email us at info@prepthishouse.com.

tips on how to stage a dining room

The dining room is the area where you entertain friends and have family over for special occasions. It is the space where a home buyer needs to fill with personal connection. It should evoke feelings of happy festivity, effortless entertaining, and gourmet gathering.

In this post, we share tips on staging your dining space that goes beyond the usual cleaning, painting, and decluttering. Below are a few ways to give your dining room a touch of class and elegance.

Tp #1 Show function

Make sure that you have enough seating for the maximum number that the room will hold comfortably. But you must also take into consideration the space available. Do not overcrowd the room with too many chairs. Adding a china cabinet or a buffet for storage will help the room look more functional.

Tip #2  Show space

Make sure that the room feels spacious. You should be able to comfortably walk all around the table. To create an illusion of space, paint your walls white or hang mirrors to make the room look larger. Dining rooms are great places to hang a mirror that will reflect the light of the chandelier and this will help expand the perception of space.

Must read: Top Budget Friendly Renovating Tips

Tip # 3 Upgrade your light fixture

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For a relatively inexpensive way to instantly update a dining room, add a new attractive chandelier or place a floor lamp in one corner of the room. Sufficient helps make the dining area look brighter and more welcoming.

Tip #4 Set the table

To set or not to set the table? When you are staging a home that is vacant, just like a model home, it is expected to be appropriate for the table to set. If the home is owner occupied, it can appear contrived and it’s difficult to live with.

We usually advise candles, a centerpiece and perhaps a table runner for a touch of color and softness, and would forgo setting the table with china and glassware altogether.

To give you a quickstart, think of a theme and start building it from there. Choose accents and fixtures that goes along with the theme well.

Tip #5 Add a layer of interest

When you’re staging, it’s not only about stripping everything away and decluttering and cleaning. It’s also about adding layers of interests. Think of things that add interest. These could be soft pillows, a nice rug or candles.

home staging tips

There’s a fine line between decluttering and making a space welcoming. You want to add a few things that add warmth to the room. Never, ever leave your space feeling and looking cold.

 

 

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A lot of people have small living rooms and they’re looking for ways to maximize the square footage. And if you are one of them, then this is for you.

We understand that space sells and if you don’t have much of it, you can always tweak and apply some things that will make it look bigger and brighter.

Here are some fresh and creative ideas that you can think about and hopefully give you some new designing ideas.

#1 Use built-ins

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A lot of times this can be accomplished in multiple ways. One of the best ways is to have a box seat. In the picture shown above, you can see a seating area with a storage and book cases and it really works well not only for storage but also for display. It’s like hitting two birds with one stone.

This architectural technique makes your living space more functional and leverage the space that you have and it does allow you the wall space to use. You can also apply this to a breakfast nook to create plenty of seating space without creating an overcrowded room. This idea instantly transforms a room from plain to charming, don’t you think?

#2 Neutral wall paint

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Paint plays a big part in creating a spacious looking room. Light and neutral colors create an illusion of a larger space. Whites and beiges are amazing for this. Stay away from dark and striking wall colors. Instead, to liven up your space, use pops colors whether it be your rug or accessories.

Check out Top 16 Benjamin Moore Paint Colors

#3 Furniture with wheels

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Another way of maximizing a space are pieces that have wheels. These can be functional furniture that can be moved around so if you need to open up the space to have a party or something like that, you can do so.

#4 Create a focal point

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When people enter your living room, you don’t want them to instantly notice the size of your area. What you can do is to divert their attention to a single focal point. There are a lot of great ways to do this but the most inexpensive yet creative ones is to have decorative wall paper in one wall and plain paint on the others. This technique creates texture, color and adds depth.

Another tip is to design one wall with dominant pieces like huge decorative mirrors (also perfect for making a room look spacious) or any statement wall pieces that attracts attention.

#5 Use space under the stairs

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A space that is often overlooked – area under the stair case. A great way to leverage the space underneath is to create a mini mud room. Here you can store things like boots, sweaters, gloves and scarves or anything you wish to store in there.

In the picture shown above you can see a refined storage installed with decorative doors with glass panes that looks really stylish. But ofcourse, you can always have something real simple like this one below.

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