Do you wish you could use all of that empty attic space for storage or even build an extra room? This article from the SF Chronicle answers this exact question. The problem with most attics isn’t necessarily the space but the access to the attic. Many times the opening into the attic is just a small cutout through the ceiling that’s located in a closet or sometimes a hallway. These openings typically require the awkward use of a ladder in a narrow space. Instead re-frame the attic opening and build a proper attic ladder.
Creating easier access to attic [SF Chronicle]
Install Attic Ladder [HGTV]