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.