Hey friend. I am sure you are wondering where I have been lately. I end every day kicking myself for not sparing the moment to get on here and fill you in on my life happenings.
Recently I moved from my sweet home in Slippery Rock, PA to a sweeter home in Columbiana, Ohio with my man candy. My daughter and I could not be happier these days, but it is a huge change for us. Upon moving we had to make some additions to the house so his son and my little girl had their own rooms.
We decided to turn the attic into two bedrooms so the kids have their own space and their very own floor. What more could a 5-year-old boy and an 8-year-old girl want in life!?
Although I am so excited to design, create, and decorate their spaces…I cannot wait for the project to be finished. So without further ado here is the before shot of the attic. So you can see the process as it comes together!
This is what the attic looked like before we began the demo. The walls around the steps were just paneling on a makeshift frame. The whole space was covered in paneling. It was fun. It looks like the previous owner of the house might have tried to make this space livable and either stopped or just really liked paneling. It’s debatable.
We tore down the paneling and started prepping. We had to use Liquid Nail and nail down the subfloor. We were lucky that the subfloor was already in the space. It saved us $300 and some change on this step. So we just nailed and glued down the floor that was there. If you are in the process of doing an attic you need OSB or plywood that is 3/4 inch thick.
We left the paneling up where we were putting the knee walls because we are using the area behind the knee wall for storage. The storage space will come in handy for seasonal items and their seasonal clothes. To get behind the knee walls I am building a bookcase on a hinge.
The kids are excited to have secret entrances to the storage space. If I were 5 and 8 I am pretty sure I would be hiding in there all of the time!
After we came up with the layout the framing started and it was done in a day. I wanted to do this step but we ended up hiring contractors just to get it done faster since his work schedule would only let us have a few days a week to work on the process. But no worries, I have a list of DIY projects that I will be doing tutorials for, for the kids’ bedrooms. A big list!
Right now they are sharing a room and you cannot even walk in the door without stepping on something. Seeing the framing go up just brings us so much joy.
It is really hard to take a photo of the whole space where it made sense. I’m standing in the one room against the wall. The first opening is going to be a slanted door. It was the only way to install it so that it gave us 80 inches clearance and enough room for the door to swing open without hitting the roof. Working around slanted walls is a bit of a pain but I have faith it will be stunning when it is done.
It was the only way to install it so that it gave us 80 inches clearance and enough room for the door to swing open without hitting the roof. Working around slanted walls is a bit of a pain but I have faith it will be stunning when it is done.
When the framing was done the guys (my boyfriend and his pap) did the electric work. There had to be 6 plugs in each room to meet code and then the lights and light switches. They did a great job and it was done in the matter of a few hours.
Tomorrow we are having the drywall hung. I cannot wait to show you what the rooms actually look like. The attic bedrooms are one step closer to being done and I am getting excited to start the DIY projects that I have planned for the kids’ spaces.
Have you done a remodel? What was one lesson you learned? What would you have done differently? What is your favorite thing about your remodel? Let us know in the comments!
Stay tuned for the next update!