What's the Difference Between an Attic and a Loft?

Posted by Steven Davidson on

You are probably wondering, "What is the difference between an attic and a loft?" Well, don't worry. I'm here to tell you that they are not just different words for the same thing!  What's really important about knowing the difference is that it will help you decide which type of space would be best for you. This article will discuss how each one functions differently so you can make your decision.

Loft

A loft is a building's upper story or elevated area in a room directly under the roof. Most loft’s are converted into a living space, such as an apartment. The loft is usually above the main living area and is often open to the space below. A loft space typically has low ceilings (about four feet), but it is an ideal space for sleeping (usually with a low-profile bed or mattress). So, a loft is a space that is … a loft. Though lofts may be seen as a home for artists, they originated from abandoned warehouses in New York City in the 1960’s and were eventually able to convince city officials that these spaces could be used safely. As time went on it became more than just about living; now people who want loft-style apartments or condos go through great lengths with their designs so this trend continues today!

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Attic

An attic is a space or room just below the roof of a building. Sounds like a loft right? Well, the major difference being that an attic typically constitutes an entire floor of the building, while a loft covers only a few rooms, leaving one or more sides open to the lower floor. We mostly use our attics for storing precious items, such as heirlooms, old baseball cards and Christmas decorations. 

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The Difference

To break it down easier, an attic is a place of storage that is the highest level of the house and is hidden and not walk-up accessible. A loft covers only a few rooms, leaving one or more sides open to the lower floor.

What’s Important

When you're looking to buy a home, it's important for your needs and wants to be taken into account. You might like the idea of an attic or loft because they are spacious, but both layouts come with their own set of pros and cons that may not work well for what you need. If you want some help deciding which layout will best suit your lifestyle, give us a call today! We can also provide more information on how these two different styles differ in terms of cost per square foot (or meter) if that is something important to you too.

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