Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A Weekend Of Dreaming

The paint is barely dry. There are patches that aren't filled. We still need to return the outlet and light switch covers to their appropriate spots.

But, we've already started planning the next round of renos. Are we crazy? Perhaps. This weekend, this planning involved hopping up into the attic and taking a peak around.


The attic is a large space, a large messy space, with a set of three beautiful dormer windows.


There's a little roof rot that eventually, we'll need to fix. But we have bigger plans for this space than that. Much, much bigger plans.

What do you think?


(Drawing not to scale, or perfect.)

Our walk-about upstairs, followed by two hours of perusing the building code and creating drawings and calculations by the Husband while I cooked proved that something like this will, actually, be possible. The ceiling height in the centre of the attic is perfect and, while the height disappears quite quickly, there is, yet, the right amount for a closet, and an ensuite bathroom. We've tossed around a few ideas about popping up the roof at the back and creating a second dormer to mirror the one at the front.

The potential of this space is exciting.

So, what's it going to take?

  • Stairs. Obviously.
  • Reinforcing the floor joists to support a floor.
  • Reinforcing and adding roof beams in order to remove columns and supports.
  • Proper insulation in the roof.
  • New windows.
  • Drywall.
  • Flooring.
And that's just to get the structural taken care of, just to turn the space into a room. It doesn't even touch the plumbing. It's a lot of work, but this time, I think we'll be ready for it. We have a whole winter to plan, and save, to order materials, to apply for building permits, to be ready for a frenzy of work.

25 comments:

  1. Directions Not IncludedOctober 11, 2011 at 11:42 AM

    Great idea and use of space! You think you'll start the structural work by next spring? Hope it all goes well and I can't wait to see the transformation.

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  2. Woah! That is a killer attic! I wish mine were that big. Amazing!

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  3. wow wow wow, how exciting!! i love the "dreaming" phase, thinking of all the possibilities is so fun!

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  4. Could you put the stairs outside of the house, and just make a door to the attic room? You wouldn't have to sacrifice precious room on the downstairs floor, and a private entrance is always a bonus when renting out rooms.

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  5. Good thought, but there's no plans to rent out this space!

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  6. Thanks! We were shocked when we saw it the first time.

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  7. I know! It's almost my favourite stage of the process.

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  8. That's the hope! I'll share more about our ideas of a timeline, but we hope to move our bedroom upstairs by September of next year

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  9. Jessica @ Decor AdventuresOctober 11, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Wow how exciting. I'll be watching closely, we plan to renovate our attic in the future. I like the plans you have!

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  10. You really do have the perfect space for a conversion; existing windows & enough head height to provide living space in a finished area. I'll add an anecdotal note to this: we have a converted attic space and find the knee-walls shorter than 4ft create the most wasted space- taller than that and you have ample space for usage.

    Cannot wait to see where this goes, good luck!

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  11. That's an awesome plan! Check out our master bedroom if you want some extra ideas, it was converted from attic space to a bedroom sometime in the 90s. And I know you said the drawing isn't to scale but make sure there's 30"x30" for a toilet, it's surprisingly big but it's the code.

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  12. Crazy... and I love it! Here's a tip (if you didn't already know)... if you have a lowe's credit card and buy your materials from Lowe's, they will send out your order for special contractor pricing. We did that with our front entrance, plus we got 12 months with no interest. So we paid off small amounts here and there when we had extra cash, and just the other week pulled the rest from savings to pay the rest off without incurring interest. We'll do he same for our upcoming bathroom reno! :)

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  13. How exciting! I can see all sorts of potential. Good luck with your space! :) Thanks for the visit today!

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  14. So much potential - I can't wait to follow this project as it takes shape!

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  15. NK_StyleingwithChildrenOctober 11, 2011 at 10:31 PM

    you are insane! in the best ways, of course. It will be a really great space, but, MAN, that's a lot of work! Anything involving a permit is scary to me. Can't wait to cheer you on :)

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  16. I think you have the roof with the prettiest structure :o) That attic will rock your socks off as a master suite (talkl about a double entendre here ... heh)!

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  17. While the snow swirls around you, you will have plans swirling in your minds! Love the extra dormer idea - you'll never regret the extra natural lighting. It will be a lot of work, but you've been there for a few months already, you know the procedure. You Go Girl!

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  18. Wow.. that's going to be a major project but it'll be absolutely stunning when done! I love the second photo where the 5 beams meet. The structure is beautiful.

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  19. I do too! I would love to have the structure still visible when it's all said and done -- thick wood beams -- but I have no idea if that's going to be possible, what with the height issue.

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  20. Thanks for the tip! We'll definitely keep that in mind.

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  21. Oh, don't worry! We'll have a bathroom that's approximately 6 feet by 6 feet, which is what we have downstairs, but this one will have a shower. There should be ample space for everything.

    Will definitely check out your attic!

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  22. We didn't know! Thanks for the tip! I have a feeling the husband will like the sound of this one. :)

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  23. Me too... though everyone around me assures me it's really not that big a deal. Fortunately, we have a couple civil engineers in the family!

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  24. It is SO pretty right by the dormer, isn't it? Hopefully I'll be able to keep the visibility of those beams and tap into it when we're designing the space after all the structural stuff is done!

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