When the lease on Beth Krauklis's office expired last year (she runs her own branding agency in Orlando, Florida), she cast an eye up to the attic apartment in her Queen Anne house. At 700 square feet, it could be a seven-person ¬office, she figured, but "I wanted it to feel open, like a loft, with lots of light," says Beth. Her husband, John, who was already planning to replace the roof and siding, took up the challenge.
John gutted the apartment, cut holes for three new windows, stripped the plaster off the walls, and finished the ¬exposed lath inside with a dark stain and polyurethane. He ¬refinished the heart-pine floors and gave the exposed rafters five coats of white paint. Then, to complete the loft look, John hung an AC duct nearly the length of the attic, track lighting, and a vintage wooden airplane propeller.
See the unbelievable before shot for this makeover, and other reader remodels in One-Room Redos