Thursday, April 29, 2010

How we'll be spending our summer

This is our new attic. It's huge. It's becoming the kid's domain.

We'll be insulating and replacing windows and putting in outlets and putting up beaded board and building in bedstees...
The third wing of the attic is an odd very steeply pitched space. But beyond the chimney is a room with a big window. It'll be their fort space.
This is our inspiration shot - our version will be lower (one tier of drawers not two) and more rustic looking (we're doing white stained beaded board walls not painted drywall. I have dreams we can get the floor in shape but realistically, it'll likely end up painted. Between the built in beds we'll be putting closets and Nature Girl will be getting a wall and doorway between her space and the boys. She hasn't really requested it but I think she'll need more privacy soon. They love the portholes but I convinced them that round mirrors will be nearly as cool, and offer more privacy and room for the little closet buffer spaces.

Wild Thing loves red and really wanted a red bedroom. A red attic...hmmmm...horror movies come to mind. When we do the fort space we'll paint the wall of it red. The doorway will be to the side because of the chimney, but you get the idea.

I'm so excited about designing and decorating our space as a FAMILY space, absolutely FULL of our personalities. I'm planning on a huge framed tackboard in the diningroom where I can have a rotating gallery of the kids art work up all the time.

I'm hoping that in addition to the attic renovation and the fence post putting in that we can get a lot of painting done while the kids are in Ottawa. At the very least the kitchen bathroom and diningroom - the rooms that get constant use in a 6 person household. Cause if I don't get to them when there are fewer people in the house I won't be able to!
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XUP said...

If the wood floor is no good up there in the attic, how difficult would it be to do a polished concrete floor? I love polished concrete.

Mud Mama said...

I think it would be insanely difficult in a space like this. First the weight of the concrete would be an issue, the digidity needed would be an issue for the subfloor, and my biggest concern with doing the floors is the mess the sanding will cause, it won't be easy to air out even doing softwood if I use a floor sander. Concrete would be dusty through the whole house.

I'm hoping our contractor pal who is going to help us with advice and his mad skillz for pay will say I can pull out the boards one by one and sand them outside with a table sander rather than trying to do it in situ. Then we can put them in again, and seal it all with polyurethane.

Nicole said...

Although messy, I love to renovate. It's something about the promise of something new that I had a hand in.

You can get a sander with a bag attached to collect the dust, or attached to the shop-vac to suck the dust. Even if you paint the floors, you'll need to sand a little.

Great to have you back on the air.