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)
West corner of the room
East corner of the room
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!
We added hanging plants to bring some movement and life to the room, and we love the effect.
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.
It’s our favorite room to curl up with a good book :)
About the Authors
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 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.