|Our attic Sewing/ craft room is finally done! : Let the decorating begin|
|View walking into the attic|
|Our attic before: notice we originally had a pony wall around the stairs that we had to build up to meet code|
|Our attic before after we took out the insulation, check out the beautiful sub floor, wish I could have used it as our floor alone but it was too cut up from the renovations|
|Cleaning out my serger after being in storage for 10 years It was pretty nasty|
|Our (almost) finished Attic remodel|
I wanted to use every nook and cranny I could for storage, cause you can never can have too much storage in a craft room! To utilize our knee walls as much as possible, we put 9 custom built dressers on one side with 3 cubbie areas with doors that I placed plastic drawer units on wheels in.
|Far right cubbie: our biggest cubbie space, since there are no ducts here!|
|Middle cubbie: Finding some space still around our HVAC truck and ducts. I purposely placed some fleece I have on top of our HVAC trunk so my cat can't get back in here, the floor is a bit open around the ducts and Mr Cat is kind of crazy|
|Far Left Cubbie: long term storage items in the far back of and plastic drawer units in front for fabric and yarn storage|
Built in Dressers
|Some of our custom built dressers waiting to be installed: Not the slant in the back on top|
|Our deep drawers make for great storage for fabric and yarn|
The drawers except for the top are 15" deep. They work great for fabric storage and yarn storage. I'm also using it to house inventory for my Etsy shop Ornute. I bought drawer dividers at Target to help keep smaller items still organized in these deep drawers rather than having smaller drawers being built which would have cost more.
Knee Wall Hanging Closet
|Our short hanging closet with the doors opened I still need to paint the hanging rod|
|Our short hanging closet with double track louved custom sliding doors, I still need to paint the hanging rod|
Crawl Space: Cat Play Space/ Extra Storage
|Door to the Right: Cat Play Room and Extra Storage Space|
|Cat Cave Before: figuring out how to frame it|
|Crawl Space: Cat Cave and extra storage space, the box is the first of many to come for Mr Cat to play in|
Eventually I plan to turn this spot into a cat play land with scratching post "art work" and shelves for climbing, and large boxes forming a tunnel maze. So far we just have one large box with a hole cut out for him. He loves that he can jump in from the top or crawl in from the front and hide behind the box. I'm having fun thinking of hilarious ways to decorate Mr Cats cave. I might even hang up posters from the Kitten Covers like the pics below.
|The RaMEOWnes by The Kitten Covers|
|Beastie Kittens by The Kitten Covers|
|Pony wall caped off with 2 boards (one wider than the other) and a hand rail, to deter our cat from hanging out on top of our stairs. I still need to paint it white. And yes Mr Cat has jumped up on the ledge.|
I decided to find a way to finish off the pony wall to make it less dangerous for Mr Cat. This was quite tricky, because I didn't want it to look ugly or weird or cost a ton. We settled on our contractor doing the wood work's suggestion of adding a handrail to the wood edge and another smaller board between. The idea is while he will still jump up there (and he does), he at least won't be a comfy place to hangout and sleep up there. My fear is that not only would that make him jump up there more frequently, but he also could fall over the ledge while sleeping or grooming himself (it would not be his first time doing that).
So did it work? The verdict is still out since Mr Cat is still feeling out the space. He has jumped up there a few times and even shakily walked the inside ledge once. Our idea does make it less safe for him when he actually does jump up there, but less likely to jump up there and especially less likely to hang out and or sleep on the ledge. I do think it will be safer for kids (we don't have any kids but do plan to adopt kids in the foster system) because they are less likely to try to stand or sit on the ledge, and it's higher than code so it's harder to fall over the stairs.
I plan to set up a lot of chill spots for Mr Cat and he will have the crawl space aka cat cave for his play zone (as mentioned above). Hopefully he will lose interest eventually in the ledge and focus on safer areas. I've concluded it's best to just lock him out of the attic unless we can watch him.
Our Construction Plan:
- We ended up hiring a contractor to frame, create the built in storage (both build the dressers and to create the custom hanging closet), sheet rock, mud and tape, priming with vapor barrier paint, patch sub floor put in a thin sub floor above our existing to create a even surface for flooring install, build stair walls to code, railing to code, and trim and moldings.
- I provided the plans for the city and obtained the permit and have been scheduling inspections.
- I hired out Electrical, HVAC, and Spray Foam.
- The DIY projects we did
- Painted our existing windows that are bare wood white to match out trim and reglazed them
- Painted the walls I wanted the over all room to be white, but wanted the walls to just have a hint of color to make the white moldings pop out more and to create some interest when the light hits it in different ways. I didn't want it to be too different than the white ceiling since the walls are the ceiling, just a subtle difference.
- paint used Glidden diamond in drifting snow (white with just a hint of grey) the in egg shell, and Glidden Diamond in ultra pure white in eggshell. I love it it's just what I wanted.
- Installed the vinyl plank flooring.We picked vinyl plank flooring because it's easy to do yourself. Cutting is simply snap and score with a utility knife. With laminate you need a special blade and a circular saw, so we would have had to hire that out. Our contractor quoted just over $3700 to install the vinyl planks we bought. So we saved some serious cash doing it our self!
- Vinyl Plank Flooring Used: Shaw Citadel floating vinyl plank flooring in Palmero Oak bought on sale at Menards for about $1,000
|We Installed our Shaw vinyl plank floating flooring|
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