Escape to the Sky

A shared family bathroom and two busy kids had Sandy Springs parents Erik and Susanne Olson in desperate need of their own space. HGTV’s Chip Wade, host of the Emmy award-winning TV show “Elbow Room,” set to work reviving a dark attic into an oasis that would allow the couple some much needed alone time apart from the children. With Wade’s creative vision in mind, he seamlessly flowed together an open-concept bedroom and bath area perfect for recharging.

We love this open-concept master suite! The lack of partitions makes the space feel larger and gives the room a romantic and modern spa feel.

An Outdoor Oasis
Men laying new hardwood flooring
Men laying new hardwood flooring


Wade began by opening up the cramped garret with a 40-foot dormer, which helped to make the almost 1,000-square-foot room feel light and airy. A sleek freestanding tub with chandelier overhead, and a walk around shower next to a water closet quickly became Mom and Dad’s favorite feature. Each element was crafted to be elegant when exposed or easily tucked away like the pop-up TVs located inside the moving footboards. Wade also added several custom touches like an oversized painted headboard by Atlanta muralist, Kristen Davis. In the end Wade explains, “This couple went from having zero privacy to a luxurious retreat totally separated from the kids. It’s a great place for them to unwind and find rejuvenation.”

Chip Wade

  • Atlanta native, resides in Johns Creek
  • Owner and lead designer of Wade Works Creative, LLC
  • Emmy award-winning host for HGTV network
  • Expertise: Interior and exterior home renovation. Works with homeowners and DIYers to create stylish, functional living spaces.