What are the differences between loft and attic? I tried to find it in the dictionaries, but I didn't see any difference.
Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 17-Oct-2012 at 19:56. Reason: added edit
Lofts are also finished spaces but without a full wall overlooking the floor below. You may have a half-height wall and then essentially a large, open-air "window" to the interior of the house. You wouldn't want a bedroom there, for example, because of limited privacy, but it would be a good space for a comptuer room, TV room, sewing/crafts room, etc.
I think this might be another British/American difference - I'm British and to me loft and attic are very nearly synonymous - it's the space under the roof beam usually only accessible by ladder through a trapdoor and where you chuck your suitcases, elephant gun, old dolls and teddy bears etc. "I was up the loft the other day and you'll never guess what I found!"
But I think, for me at any rate, an attic has the possibility of being an attic room - converted into a bedroom etc. which, judging by what has been written above, is not the case in American English.
Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.
Do you really have an elephant gun?
An attic can be converted into a living area.
In Aust/NZ I think most people would go along with MartinEnglish's post, with "attic" being the more common term for the place where we store our kangaroo nets and moa traps.
The exposed, part-storey that Barb describes would usually be called a mezzanine, whether in a house or commercial property.
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I think the meaning of these terms varies widely from one real estate market to another. In the Toronto market (an extremely hot one) loft is currently used to mean any condo or co-op type apartment in an old industrial building that has been converted to residential use. Attic on the other hand means the space under the roof of a single family home. It might be converted to residential use, but would be low for comfort and far too hot in summer.