After making our annual trip to area stores to take advantage of after Christmas sales, Steven and I decided to finish cleaning the “attic” upstairs to get it ready for insulation. I am not sure if this space was used as an attic, or if it is just unfinished. There are so many bad PO jobs done to the poor space, that I can’t really tell. We are planning on turning the space into: 1) spare bedroom, 2) bathroom, 3) home theater/man room, 4) craft area. It is a huge space. It feels more like a loft than an attic. More about the loft thing later. Anyway, we basically moved things from here:
(This is going to be the spare bedroom and bathroom) To here:
To the left will be the home theater projector and to the right will be my craft room area. We had to clean up the area that we will put the bedroom so that we can pull up the half inch (yes, I said half inch) plywood that is on the floor, check to make sure the electrical has been ran properly, blow in some insulation and put down a sturdier plywood subfloor. Right now, when you walk across the room, the boards bow and squeak. One of the last PO’s decided to frame this space up for the master bedroom. The hysterical frame up and drywall job pictures are here.
Anyway, since this is a large open space, I wanted to decorate it loft style. Here are a few of my ideas:
Most of the pictures pertain to my side of the room…the super craft area. But, you get the idea. When you first walk up the stairs, to the left will be a wall of built in shelving to house all of my books. I was thinking about painting the wall behind the shelves with chalkboard paint and using white shelves. Should make a nice black and white contrast. The shelves will be tall so I can write on the chalkboard above the books. For wall paint, I was thinking about a nice lime green with accents of turquoise and brown. Maybe a splash of red accessories here and there. You know me, gotta have red somewhere.
Unfortunately, the decorating part is WAAAAAAAY far down the line. The first order of business is insulation. The second order of business is installing a bathroom so we can demo the HORRIFIC one downstairs. We only have one, yes, yes, yes, only ONE bathroom downstairs. It is hard to imagine that we have 3200 sq feet and only one bathroom. There is no other place to squeeze in another bathroom except upstairs. So, unfortunately, we are working on the upstairs so we can work on the downstairs. (Doesn’t make sense, does it?) We cannot remodel the bathroom downstairs until we have another one somewhere else. We cannot remodel the kitchen (the kitchen is ALMOST as bad as the bathroom) without having somewhere to wash the dishes, etc. (a bathroom). So, we had to sit down and figure out what needed to come first. It completely galls me that we have to spend time and money on an upstairs space before we can work on OUR living space downstairs. Oh well…. I guess it all comes down to: What comes first, the chicken or the egg?
Steven and I both have one more week off, so we are trying to make the best use of our time. We are going to try to blow in the insulation next week and, while we are at it, retrofit some insulation in the walls downstairs. I sure am glad I caught that episode of This Old House two weeks ago showing exactly how it is supposed to be done! 🙂
Maybe, if all goes well, I will be able to post pictures of our framed up new bathroom next week. It will still be a while before we get the flooring laid and have it replumbed, but I can hope for the best and dream about it anyway….right?
PS I am enjoying our high of 75 degree weather! You won’t catch this Southern Girl anywhere close to snow! 😀
***Update: This never happened due to a lot of bad electrical wiring we found. So, we held off on putting in the insulation until we could get the electrical updated. Don’t want to start any fires! Ya know?!