In the design of private houses, an attic often becomes an important distinguishing feature, or rather an element. Upper living space, located under the roof in the attic. The addition of such an element to the layout of the house is based on the desire of the owners of country houses to get additional living space, which does not involve work to expand the house and build outbuildings.

The attic is an exceptionally profitable option in this sense. The factor of getting a big benefit is especially strongly felt by the owners of cottages, who cannot afford to expand the house due to outbuildings, however, they are in great need of additional living square meters.

Country attics easily solve such problems. The original non-standard configuration allows them to be used for any functional premises, while applying various types of design

Having decided to make changes to the device of the upper level of the house and subsequently acquire an additional residential floor, many are faced with the choice of how to use this space. The non-standard internal arrangement of structures creates a wide field for imagination. And if creative thinking is less developed due to the dominance of a clear technical mind, it’s not scary.


At the service of such people, there are specialized catalogs or specialized sites on the Internet, where you can see multiple photos of the attic, where it is shown in a colorful design what this section of the house can be turned into. Most often, just after seeing such illustrations, many are eager to have something similar in their country house.

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Solving the problem of light in the arrangement of the attic

Typically, the upper superstructure of the house appears to be darkened, since it is very limited in the number of window openings. The layout of the attic must take into account the low percentage of natural light coming from the street. In this regard, it is extremely important to provide the premises with high-quality artificial lighting or create additional windows directly in the roof itself.

There are other techniques that allow you to get artificial illumination of the interior space. You can use light colors in painting or pasting the walls (beige, light green, and so on). Decorative plaster should also look similar if it is decided to apply this finishing option.

It is also desirable to lay coverings of light shades on the floor. If the desire to create a calm intimate atmosphere with subdued light prevails, the main attention is paid to lamps with colored diffused light. As an addition to creating the appropriate effect, dark shimmering wallpapers are glued to the walls.

Features when choosing a design for decorating an attic

So, thinking about what exactly will be located on this section of the house, someone comes to the conclusion that it is best to have an extra bedroom, for someone the attic is seen as a dining room, and someone prefers to make it a nursery. Whatever the final decision, one thing is clear, this room can perform any function.


Depending on the volume and internal parameters, the design of the attic is determined. If it is the completion of a large house, accordingly, its area will be large enough. This means that separate functional areas can be broken down here. For example, make a living room and a dining room or arrange a billiard room and an office or even a living room. Often the attic is adapted for the arrangement of additional guest rooms.

Accordingly, small areas are suitable mainly for the arrangement of one functional area. But this does not mean that the principle of separation does not apply here.

The only thing to consider in this case is that isolation is not required here. It is necessary to carry out zoning in such a way as to preserve the invariability of the internal space.

When working out the next stage, when they proceed directly to the design, they must take into account the individual location of the main structures. The slope of the walls is the main highlight and at the same time the main problem of the attic. The usual standard design solutions for the attic are not suitable.

The arrangement of parts and roofing units (rafters, beams), often occurring sharp corners, the presence of a low ceiling, the configuration of stairs, all this together and separately creates a series of additional problems. In order to eventually overcome all the vicissitudes, or avoid them, you must first think through every detail in the developed design plan.

The attic from the inside looks both original and complex. The reason for this is a certain configuration of the roof of the house. It is on its shape that the internal structure of the attic depends.

It is known that the type of roof can be hipped, broken, shed or gable. As a result of which form of the top covering of the house will be chosen, the internal view of the attic will also be determined. This fact should always be reckoned with when thinking directly about the construction of a house.

The final stage — finishing work

The attic outside can either merge with the general external background of the exterior design of the house, or stand out thanks to individual elements that form, in particular, both internal and external design. Often such elements are stained-glass windows or the alternation of several window openings. This type of interior design is used when arranging play areas or, for example, when arranging a room for watching a home theater.

The interior decoration of the attic involves the use of the same materials that were used for the lower levels of the home, as well as other types.

Popular types of decoration of such premises are clapboard lining, decoration with decorative timber, MDF paneling, and so on.


Most owners of country houses prefer to finish the attic with their own hands. This is not only cost savings, but also an opportunity to show your sense of style. As already stated above, the non-standard arrangement of the main building envelope allows you to show your imagination to the fullest.

In connection with this factor, sometimes the attic becomes the main decoration of the house. It is especially pleasant to realize this, receiving praise from friends and acquaintances and arguing that not a single professional master had a hand in this.

Using the attic in winter

It is customary to spend time in the country not only in summer, but also in winter. This leads to the conclusion that the upper part of the house requires insulation. The problem of how to insulate the attic is solved in the same way as a similar question related to the whole house.

Mineral wool boards are used as insulating materials. Work is carried out from the inside immediately before sheathing. The form of fastening of the plates is basically a frame system. This is a more convenient way to install insulation.

Finishing decorative elements that cover the resulting corners are plastic corners or plain corners for lining or MDF.

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