Tuesday, July 8, 2014

So Much Progress: Attic of Awesome Update

It's been a while since I properly updated about the attic. In fact, it's been a while since I've updated about our house at all. But, believe it or not, there has been a lot going on with our attic renovation and our little dusty bungalow. With the help of a cuddly baby carrier, I somehow managed to clean up and finally take some more or less decent photos of all the work we've accomplished over the past month or so.

Before I share those photos though, let's flash back a little. Our attic started out as your typical unfinished space, not even designed for storage.

We spent a lot of time reinforcing everything, ensuring the joists were strong enough to a) hold a floor and the weight of people and furniture and b) allow for us to take out a supporting wall on the main floor. We ran new electrical and plumbing for radiators. We added in knee walls and closets. We spray foamed. We drywalled.

With drywall up, we primed, put down beautiful dark engineered hardwood floors, hung closet doors, and moved our bedroom into the nearly finished space.

The attic stayed pretty much like this, other than a few furniture rearrangements and the addition of a duct-less A/C unit for a couple months, until my first week of maternity leave. At 39 weeks pregnant, I painted the walls with the help of my mom, somehow defying my usual failure at picking paint colours and ending up with a steely grey I was incredibly happy with. During the week following Isabel's birth, the Husband worked away at the stair railing.

We're not actually done yet, surprise, surprise. There are all sorts of little details to finish: trim, lighting above the stairs, painting the closet doors, and a little decorating. But, we're at a point now that it's comfortable, nothing huge hanging over our heads. So, for now, we're settled in, enjoying the space, proud of the transformation we accomplished.


  1. Looks awesome! Love the colour choice, and the new arrangement of furniture looks really good. Nice work!

  2. The whole space looks great! I love the floors, the wall colour and that stair railing looks awesome. So nice that you created this huge extra space where there was nothing before!

  3. Great job and congrats on getting photos! That is a big deal with a newborn!

  4. You should absolutely be proud of your work! It's already a beautiful space, even if there's still some work to be done. I love the paint you picked, too. Awesome work!

  5. Kerry @ First Time FancyJuly 13, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    It has been FAR too long since I've been catching up on blogs, but glad I came on to catch this post. I haven't seen your attic reno in ages and this is incredible! I am sure this added a ton of value to your little home! Great work you two! What a great space for you! :)

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