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Monday, June 18, 2012

Bright Attic Suite

A Bright Attic Suite for $2,620

Before: Dark and Dysfunctional
While a bath was already in place and indents in the carpet suggested there'd been a bed up there too, the space was far from restful. Dark wood paneling and space-hogging closets had turned it into a dim, depressing maze. "The hall was 20 inches wide. I don't know how anyone could have gotten a mattress up there," says Bryan.

Shown: Dark wood paneling, too many closets, and worn carpeting made the small space feel dated and claustrophobic.

outdated and dark attic

Opening Up

A half-wall behind the bedroom bench, plus a balustrade, replaced full walls that used to enclose the staircase. Now, end-to-end sight lines allow lots of sunlight to enter the space.

attic remodeled into master bedroom with half wall

Smart Storage

The built-in bench provides extra storage for linens. The painted base blends in with the walls, while the beadboard-lined interior ties in with the nearby bathroom.

Homeowner Tip
"Reuse materials wherever possible. I used 2x4s salvaged from the walls I demolished to frame the bench and covered it with leftover drywall." —Bryan Langdeau, Waterbury, Conn.

attic remodeled into master bedroom with built in storage bench

Master Bath

The updated bath was freshened up with paint and a new, space-saving vanity. A custom door built by the homeowner replaced a curtain. Its translucent, film-topped glass panels bring light into the small, windowless space while still maintaining privacy.

remodeled bathroom with glass paneled door

The Project Tally

• Gutted the space of paneling, drywall, and carpet, $0

• Added insulation and raised half of the dropped ceiling, $200

• Updated the electrical and installed new light fixtures, $325

• Put up new drywall and added baseboard, window, and doorway trim, $400

• Replaced one stairwell wall with a balustrade, $165

• Laid an oak floating floor, $800

• Built a glass-panel pine door for the bath's narrow doorway, $120

• Installed a new bath vanity, $110

• Made an oak-topped half-wall and built-in storage bench, $250

• Brightened walls with 2 gallons of primer and 5 gallons of paint, $250

TOTAL: $2,620

men working on installing built in storage bench in remodeled attic

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