Whenever we show people the house for the first time, it’s not unusual to get this question:
“So, is there a second storey?”
Sadly, we say no, no second storey.
See, our house has a gable roof with a dormer sticking out the front. It’s one of the few things that give our house any sort of curb appeal.
It also makes the house deceptively large, as if it’s touting a half story beneath it’s shingles. Not so much.
At least, not yet.
During our home inspection, when the inspector flipped open the attic access in order to check out the roof rot on our roof boards, light streamed down from those dormer windows. As I peered up past him, I saw warm looking wood and a high ceiling. Space, perhaps, for a room? When we first climbed up there after taking possession of the house, our instincts were confirmed: this attic can be far more than an attic.
This is what we envision: a bed in the alcove around the dormer, two skylights on the opposite side of the roof, a small master bath and a good sized closet. Of course, it’s a pretty big job. There’s more than one brace that would have to be moved, full plumping and electrical, insulating, and drywall. And, then there’s the access: I refuse to climb a ladder in order to get to my bedroom.
It’s very easy to look past all the work when you’re dreaming.