This view of the attic is facing our back yard. There is a little vent there right now which we'll end up taking out, enlarging the hole, and making a small window. The reason it has to be a small window is that there is actually an additional roof line just a few feet below the vent, due to an extension that was put on the house quite a while ago.
The reason for the arrows in the picture is because we're wanting to put up a pony wall, most likely somewhere around where the beams are that the arrows are pointing to. This would equal out to a height of just under 3 feet.
Here you can see the extended roof while peeking through the vent to give you an idea of what I was talking about.
This is a picture of the same side of the attic, however with Charles standing there you can see that the peak of the roof it is indeed a decent height and it can give you some perspective on sizing of the space. We figure once we're finished the peak should be about 7 feet high. The width will be around 15 feet. Also I forgot to note that this will be the side of the attic that we'll be placing our bed and hopefully some bedside tables. Plus you can see we have a quaint little chimney poking up through our space. :D
Also if you didn't notice in the other pictures we have electricity up here! Hurray! On this side we have two plug ins where the arrows are pointing.
And if you turn around you can see the side of the attic facing the front of the house. Luckily we even had a light socket there along with another plug in basically side by side. This will make our electrician's job much easier, and hopefully cheaper on the wallet. Also, on this wall we will be having a larger window, about 5 feet wide by 3 feet tall, so we should have plenty of sun come streaming in the during the day!
Lastly, where you see the one arrow pointing down is where we will be placing the hole for the staircase. We will be completely closing off the current access, and making a new entry which will come down into our living room.
The arrow below is pointing to the wall which the staircase will come down along. We will be removing the jut in the wall to accommodate the staircase.(Which is in the current master bedroom and is actually just a weird jut which was potentially an old closet, but now houses my vanity desk found here.) We will also be removing the door and the window that leads to the mudroom and opening it up completely and just leaving a support column.
These are the stairs we are planning on purchasing for our space from here.
As for design of the space we are still planning out different ideas but we are thinking our pony wall will be wainscoting similar to the picture below, but more horizontally rectangular.
The rest of the wall will be drywall painted the Middy blue we initially wanted for our master bedroom downstairs. I think it will kind of make the space feel like the night sky as cheesy as that sounds. We also have to come up with what we want as a headboard for our bed but we haven't come up with anything really solid yet, any ideas??
Oh and just for fun here is how we got up to our attic! This lovely old ladder.
Even scarier? It was a few feet still from the roof which meant we had to lift ourselves up into the space. Maybe not that big of a deal for some but when you're terrified of heights, yikes!
So tell me, is anyone else renovating their attics? Have you fallen in love with a future idea of a space that is still ridden with wasps? Do you have any fabulous design ideas for our attic? Spill!