Unleash your attic’s potential! See a dusty storage space transformed into a stunning home office with inspiring “before & after” pictures. Learn how to create your own productive workspace.

The attic remodel has been done for quite some time, but I was so busy in the gardens this year, I didn’t get a chance to share an update on it. And you guys have been asking about it lately! So since we are moving soon, I wanted to share how it was coming along.

Because now it’s getting packed up! I wasn’t finished decorating, but you can at least see where I was going with it.

The space turned out better than I expected. And although I’ll have a space for my office in the new house, I’m going to miss this space.

Wait until you see how pretty my attic home office is!

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Unveiling the Potential: Attic Remodel for a Dream Workspace

Ever feel like your workspace is overflowing with clutter, hindering your productivity? I get you because that was me. I started his blogging journey in 2018 and it has grown so much that I need to organize myself a little better with a dedicated workspace instead of my sofa.

Many people struggle with limited space for a dedicated home office. But what if you could unlock hidden potential within your own home? This post reveals the incredible transformation of a dusty attic into a stunning and inspiring home office, proving that even the most neglected spaces can be revitalized.

The Problem: Neglected Attic Space

Our attic was a forgotten zone – a dumping ground for old furniture, holiday decorations, and anything else we didn’t quite know what to do with. The low ceilings and awkward angles made it a dark and uninviting space, perfect for storing forgotten things but useless for anything else. When we added the second story to our home, we created the space knowing we would eventually finish the attic space. And the time is now!

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The Solution: Planning Your Dream Home Office

I envisioned a home office that was both functional and inspiring. A place where I could focus on my work without distractions, fueled by natural light and a touch of modern elegance. After browsing online for inspiration and creating a mood board, it was time to get down to the nitty-gritty of planning it.

When planning your space, remember that you’ll want to establish a budget and obtain all necessary permits for what you include. .

The Transformation: Unveiling the Finished Attic (Before & After)

To see how far this space progressed, you’ve got to see what this space looked like before and after!

Before Remodeling a House for a Home Office

You might be wondering why did not finish this space when we renovated our home 15 years ago to add a second story on our 3-bedroom ranch. The best part of that addition was this walk-up attic that we included in the design.

When we were remodeling our house, we didn’t have the extra funding to do EVERYTHING we wanted to do at that time, so we decided to break it up into phases. And the attic renovation was a phase to do later.

Fast forward 15 years, and we finally did it!!! You can read all about the attic remodel HERE. But this is what it looked like before we started. Now mind you, it was a HOT MESS before cleaning it all out.

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We had storage boxes, bins, and all kinds of…just stuff…that we needed to move out and get rid of. Looking back this project helped us clean out the attic pretty well before we packed it up for the move.

The attic had so much space to work with. And it did not have skylights originally. We added those during the remodel to gain extra light up there. That was one of the best decisions we made!

Because those skylights add SO MUCH natural light to the space and really make it feel bright and cozy.

We created a few storage areas too but for the most part, finished a good portion of the attic to make room for my office space.

And what a space it is!!!!

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During the Attic Remodel

You can really see the space take shape once the sheetrock and spackling are completed. I mean, this was better than I imagined.

Because I wanted to keep the space light and bright, I went with Benjamin Moore White Dove on the walls and Simply White on the trim.

In addition to keeping the walls and ceiling light, I went with a light berber carpet as well. I love the smell of new carpet, don’t you?

It’s been finished now for a few months, but it still has that new carpet smell. Love it.

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Finished Attic After: Decorating My Home Office After Remodeling a House

With the space finished, I needed to add some office furniture and decor. I wanted to create a clean, cohesive look while keeping the space light and bright. I planned to have all of my decor, faux greens, and florals displayed on chef shelves so I could see them instead of pulling things in and out of bins.

And in the age of Zoom meetings, I wanted my background to reflect me, so here’s how I decorated my desk space after remodeling a house.

I LOVE my desk. It’s so large and spacious. And it’s perfect for spreading out because it’s so long! I use a desktop and my laptop here when I’m working and the size works so well.

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I also bought this office chair because I wanted something soft and comfortable that moves around easily. THIS model fit the bill perfectly and coordinates well with my new desk. To protect the carpets and help me move around easier, we bought THESE tempered glass mats.

And that’s how far I got decorating my home office. As I’m writing this post, it’s all packed up for the move!

I can’t believe we finished this space and I barely got to use it. But the new homeowners will get to enjoy it for many years to come. And I’ll be replicating this to some degree in the new house.

More to come!

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Key Considerations for Your Attic Renovation

Here are some crucial aspects to consider when planning your attic home office renovation:

  • Lighting: Natural light is a game-changer for any workspace. Explore options for incorporating skylights or strategically placed windows. Supplement natural light with adjustable task lighting for optimal functionality. We did this and it really brightened the space.
  • Storage & Organization: Built-in shelves, cabinets, and creative storage solutions are essential for maximizing space and minimizing clutter. Utilize the unique angles of the attic to your advantage by incorporating custom-built storage solutions.
  • Comfort & Ergonomics: Investing in a comfortable and ergonomic chair is vital for long workdays. Consider an adjustable desk to accommodate different working postures.

With everything moving online in recent years, it’s a good idea to consider soundproofing your space so the noises of your home don’t intrude your online meetings. It’s also a good idea to consider fire exits, climate controls (cause it can get pretty hot in an attic, particularly in the summer), and any other features that would be unique to you and your business.


This attic transformation journey proves that even the most unexpected spaces hold hidden potential. Having a dedicated and organized home office has significantly boosted productivity and overall work satisfaction.

Ready to unlock the hidden potential in your own home? Start planning your attic renovation today! Browse online resources for design inspiration and explore professional consultation options to bring your dream home office to life.

By following these tips and incorporating a touch of creativity, you can transform your dusty attic into a home office that fosters focus, fuels productivity, and sparks inspiration.

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More About My Finished Attic Before and After Remodel

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  1. I’m not sure an office space could get much prettier!!!
    Your desks are gorgeous, and to be surrounded by all of that floral goodness:)

  2. Hi Stacy,
    I just love your office. I, too, have plants and flowers all over my home. I also just replaced my “plastic” mat with a glass one and love it more than I can say. I was always trying to get the wheels of my chair out of the grooves in the old one. Your office reminds me of my apartment patio which I just fixed up. I laughed when I realized the patio now looks like a flower shop with a zero gravity chair. Great place to unwind. Good luck in your new home. Barbara

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  4. Hi Stacy – I’m so excited for you. Moving is a task isn’t it.
    Just an FYI the odor from carpet is formaldehyde which is a cause of cancer. I wish they would not use it but it sets the color in the product. Have you ever gone in a fabric store and your eyes burn, well that is because of the formaldehyde.
    Wood floors of plain old common wood is the healthiest. Not laminate or engineered. Try, as best you can, to purchase “green products” for the health of you and your family.
    Same thing with the smell of new car. Smells great while it is poisoning your lungs.

  5. It was such a great space! Guess what?! I’ve been storing my faux stems the same way in those metal shelves! So much better than tubs. Happy Monday, Stacy!