Writer's Garret Attic Remodel
Attic Renovation in Irvington Historic District
We converted an old attic into a spacious writer's garret in an historic Irvington home. The new space involves a dormer addition that had to meet strict Irvington Historic District design guidelines and blend well with the existing home—a noteworthy and unusual 1914 building.
The new room was designed to be a elegant sanctuary in which to write and read. Warm gray wainscoting and honey-colored oak floors make for a serene palette. Skylights and generous windows ensure plenty of natural light. We designed a wall-to-wall desk from a beautiful piece of live-edge walnut, which provides ample room for writing, as well as for laying out research materials. At the other end of the room, a built-in bookshelf is recessed to maximize every inch of space.
We also renovated the kitchen + back yard of this home.
A room of one's own
Pre-renovation, the attic was a storage room. But the owner saw the potential for her writer's garret, tucked far above noisy children's rooms and public spaces.
As is typical of older homes, the existing attic was virtually untouched.
Brass sconces with gold-tipped bulbs add a warm glow reminiscent of library reading rooms.
Photographer: Laurie Black