desk built into area zoned under a dormer of this refinished attic
Photo: Sharon Montrose
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"Zone" the Area Under a Dormer

In addition to adding more headroom and bringing in natural light, a dormer can shelter a miniature room of its own within an open floor plan. Add a desk and you've got a new home office; a pint-size table and chairs becomes the kids' craft area; or keep it simple with a comfy reading chair and footstool.

TIP: Soften sharp corners. An attic's quirky angles are charming, but they can gouge you if you're not careful. Where drywall forms an outside angle, a bullnose corner bead will protect you and keep the wall's surface from getting all dinged up.
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