Our House: Attic Reno Reveal

Our House: Attic Reno | A Couple Cooks

Two years ago, we bought a 1926 home that we’ve been gradually renovating. This is the fourth in a series of posts where we’ve shared about the progress: first the kitchen reno, then our office and living room. Today, here’s a peak of our third floor attic.

Renovation might seem glamorous, but it’s decidedly not. For the first year we owned the place, our third floor room was a construction zone full of power tools and ShopVacs. (For those of you who have lived through renos, you know!)  Though the previous owner had used the third floor as the master bedroom, we decided to convert it to a second living room area since we don’t have a basement. Little did we know the fun we had in store! Here’s a summary of the work we did:

  • Tore up the existing carpet and removed every.single staple from the floor below
  • Laid a snap-together floor of engineered hardwood (just the two of us!)
  • Painted the entire room
  • Tore off the previous trim, which was 1×4 boards
  • Re-hung and painted actual trim
  • Built custom built-ins into the knee walls — Alex’s idea and genius
  • Hung a new fan and light fixture
  • Added curtains, rug, and new furniture
  • And a finishing touch — hung hanging plants

Below are some shots of the final room. It’s hard to tell perspective since it’s difficult to photograph the entire room, but it’s a fantastic space that seems like a peaceful retreat. Neither of us love basements, so this is the perfect alternative for us. We hope you enjoy the photos, and that they might inspire ideas for an attic space of your own!

The Third Floor: Before (Previous Owner)

Our House: Attic Reno | A Couple Cooks

After

West corner of the room

Our House: Attic Reno | A Couple Cooks

East corner of the room

Our House: Attic Reno | A Couple Cooks

Custom built-ins at the top of the stairs, designed by Alex – since the house is old and not very square, it was a difficult process to get just the right angles!

Our House: Attic Reno | A Couple Cooks

Our House: Attic Reno | A Couple Cooks

Our House: Attic Reno | A Couple Cooks

We added hanging plants to bring some movement and life to the room, and we love the effect.

Our House: Attic Reno | A Couple Cooks

Our House: Attic Reno | A Couple Cooks

Our House: Attic Reno | A Couple Cooks

The snap-together floors were very easy to install – even I could do it! The hardest part was, again, fitting the angles of the old house.

Our House: Attic Reno | A Couple Cooks

It’s our favorite room to curl up with a good book :)

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

28 Comments

  • Reply
    Jeanine
    April 7, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    You guys are so handy!! Love this – the built ins are genius, love the hanging plants, that blue lamp is the perfect pop of color… I have that rug but unfortunately (for me) the dog made it her chew toy :)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 19, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Thank you so much! That means a lot coming from you! (Our design mentor) :)

  • Reply
    stephanie
    April 8, 2015 at 3:27 am

    an attic to cozy up in! this is so perfectly romantic and dreamy. i would never get any work done with a space like this ;)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 19, 2015 at 5:04 pm

      Haha, you are sweet! Come visit it! :)

  • Reply
    Kathryn
    April 8, 2015 at 4:12 am

    What a difference you guys have made to that room! It looks so bright and fresh and the absolute perfect place to relax.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 19, 2015 at 5:05 pm

      Thank you so much, Kathryn! We love spending time there. Come see it for yourself! :)

  • Reply
    Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    April 8, 2015 at 10:27 am

    This looks sooo peaceful. And I love those hanging plants! I like the idea of an attic as a little retreat in the house, because whenever I’m in someone’s basement during the day it seems like such a waste of daylight. Love it!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 19, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you, Sara! I completely agree – we are not basement fans since they are so dark. Having a third floor “basement” is perfect for our needs (lots of light!) :)

  • Reply
    Jessie Snyder | Faring Well
    April 8, 2015 at 10:32 am

    You guys did such a beautiful job! High fives, loving it!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 19, 2015 at 5:06 pm

      Thank you so much, Jessie!

  • Reply
    Lety
    April 8, 2015 at 11:45 am

    It turned up beautiful! Congratulations! Looks like a perfect place to relax!

  • Reply
    Sarah
    April 8, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    I can’t believe how you guys transformed the space! It is so bright and airy! Love it – especially the hanging plants:)

    XO – Sarah
    http://beautyandblooms.com/

  • Reply
    Ashley
    April 8, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    This is so stunning. You guys are renovating masters! Right out of a magazine! :)

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 19, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Coming from another reno master, we consider that a huge compliment!

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    [email protected]
    April 8, 2015 at 6:12 pm

    What a fantastic space! I’ve just been researching house plants on Amazon because we desperately need more greenery in our apartment- what are those hanging ones called? Love them! Wonderful job all around :)

    • Reply
      Alex
      April 19, 2015 at 9:22 pm

      Thanks for the comment! Sorry, I don’t know the name of any of the plants… I just randomly picked them out at the nursery :)

  • Reply
    Chris
    April 8, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    What a fabulous space! So light and airy, love it.

  • Reply
    dylcia
    April 8, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    Where is the ceiling fan from??? The space looks awesome!

  • Reply
    tbean
    April 9, 2015 at 4:21 am

    Might you let us know where you got your hanging planters? They are lovely!

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 19, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      Hanging planters are from Target, this season!

  • Reply
    Katie @ Whole Nourishment
    April 9, 2015 at 8:09 am

    You guys have done an amazing job with these renovations. I love the couch and the dark hardwood floor. What a project, but one that you will benefit from and enjoy for years to come!

  • Reply
    Nicole
    April 9, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    Wow, it looks beautiful! I’ve never head of snap together wood flooring, it sounds fantastic.

  • Reply
    Sini | My Blue&White Kitchen
    April 12, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Such a gorgeous space! I love how the light floods the room and all those small details. Also, I’m totally obsessed with those plants!

  • Reply
    Lisa
    April 13, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    I love the calm and serene feeling. I would really like to know where the carpet is from.

    • Reply
      Alex
      April 15, 2015 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks! The rug was from West Elm.

  • Reply
    kristie {birch and wild}
    April 16, 2015 at 12:09 am

    So gorgeous! You guys have an excellent eye for interior design! I love the white/wood combination.

    • Reply
      Sonja
      April 18, 2015 at 9:51 pm

      Thank you so much, Kristie!

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