So there is this huge attic room in my house (see floor plan here). It´s almost 70 square meters big and a lovely space with the old wooden beams, the open ceiling (I think it must be nearly 5 meters high) and lots of light. This is a picture from when we first viewed the house but the space hasn´t really changed - we even acquired the bed from the previous owner and it´s the one room upstairs where I have not (yet) painted the floor.
As it has an en suite bathroom the original plan was to turn this space into a separate holiday apartment which we could rent out in summer. The tricky part is that we would need to add an external staircase for it to have a separate access and after several discussions with our architect it became clear that this is not going to happen, mostly for structural reasons.
While this isn´t a tragedy per se - we still can use it as a space for visiting family and friends and right now, we don´t depend on the money - I find it a bit weird to leave such a huge space unused.
We´ve gone back and forth whether we still can rent it out without a separate access. I know that such spaces exist, but I am not sure how comfortable I would be as a guest. What do you think? Have you ever stayed in a holiday home like this? And do you have any further ideas on how we could use the space if we decide not to rent it out? A gym? A home cinema? Put a giant trampoline in it? Do tell.