Master Suite Reveal!

I think I can safely say that we went into this little project of ours a wee over confident. Starting last OCTOBER, we kinda shrugged our shoulders and thought we’d get started on converting the attic to a Master Suite. We thought the whole shabang would take 6-weeks, maybe 8. So, so wrong my friends. πŸ™‚

If you remember, before we could even get started with adding all the new stuff, we had to rip out all the old. Cause quite frankly, I couldn’t find a way to work with the bright pink carpet adorning the floors pre-renovation. πŸ˜€

Attic Conversion See what I’m saying? It just didn’t work with my color scheme πŸ˜€ We are so fa-reaking excited to finally be able to reveal this brand spanking beauty of a room. It had blood, lots of sweat and I’ll admit, a tear or two, but by George, it’s DONE!!

Here is an after shot from a similar angle. Bit different, right? Most notably in this shot, we took out the wall that was encasing the left side of the staircase, which in my opinion, makes the room feel so much more open and airy. The skylights on the roof help as well!

Master Suite in Attic

Our most expensive single cost in this room was our carpeting. $1,800 similions went out the door on this one. Errggg. More expensive than I thought it would be in all honesty, but it really makes the room, so I’m glad to have it. We found that since our room had a bunch of odd angles in it, that we landed up paying for 200 sq. feet of carpeting that we didn’t use, since they had so much scrap left over. Live and learn.

Here’s an action shot of the padding going down. It’s so cushy and squishy, it was pretty fun to walk on it sans soft carpet on top. Since an upgrade in padding only set us back .10 a square foot, we opted to get a nicer, mid-grade cushion that supposedly is less likely to absorb stains. Bonus.

Having Carpet Installed

The guys were super nice and extremely fast, they had everything down within an hour. I did notice that some of your trim can get pretty scuffed up during the installed, and we saw quite a few dings where actual chunks were missing, which was kinda annoying.

We went with the Martha Stewart Winterthur pattern from Home Depot in Potter’s Clay, which is a soft greige color.

Winterthur Potters Clay

At $2.53 a square foot, we found this carpet option to be a nice mix between a more affordable option, and something that looked pretty high end compared to a conventional carpet. It adds a bit of needed texture to the room, and I really love the subtle geometric pattern it’s got going on.

Here is a shot of how the carpet looks from a bit further away. Sigh. Isn’t it lovely?!

Adding Built-in to Knee Wall

I love how the little reading nook/built-in bench turned out, as well.

Built-in Knee Wall

Remember the pillows I found on clearance at Home Goods? They’ve already found a new home, I knew it wouldn’t take long πŸ™‚ (Added bonus, the pillows are made in the USA!)

The carpet installers had to take off our closet doors for installation, so it was super gratifying to get these bad boys back up so we could see how everything looked along the opposite wall. We had some touching up to do on the doors, but after we popped them back into their place, everything was looking mighty nice over there, too!

Board and Batten Trim on Closet

I love how the crisp white looks up against the more neutral tones for the carpet and wall. Since our home is older (1940’s), it’s pretty much a miracle to have more than one closet adorn any single room, so these two flanking beauties are a sight for sore eyes. My work day starts an hour later than the hubster, so having his closet in our bedroom has actually helped me get my tuckus out of bed each morning, too πŸ™‚

The best part about being completely finished with our upstairs (sans a few details) was to move our furniture up into this room!

Converting Attic to Master Suite

Looks like it was always meant to be there. Seeing everything nestled up in our new room made me do ninja kicks for 40 minutes straight. In LOVE.

I’m especially smitten with how the dark wood night stands look up against our $20 board and batten. I just want to lick it and claim it as mine. #Waytoomuchgorgeousnessithurts

Makes me so glad we took an extra day to install that beautiful white trim. Can you tell I love it πŸ˜€ On a side note, we still need to do some cord management to make things look a bit nicer, but for now, my eyeballs are so fixated on the bootifulness that I don’t even notice all our cord action.

Board and Batten Wall

From the far side of the room looking back toward the staircase, you used to have this view.

Master Suite Attic Conversion

And now, you’ve got THIS view! Taking down that wall and adding the skylights just makes the left side of the room feel so much more open. Plus, it’s so fun to wake up to the sun coming up through the windows. When I don’t see snow on my windows every morning, it will be that much more fun πŸ˜‰

Converting Attic into Bedroom

I’ll be back next week with a complete cost breakdown of how much this attic conversion set us back. Although it was definitely not the cheapest renovation we’ve taken on to date, it was SO worth it to have a more livable and enjoyable master retreat.

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Insulation Round Three Hundred and Fifty Seven

Yes, yes, it’s true. We are still insulating our attic. The good, we are o-fficially on our last round of insulation and after this is up, we’re onto DRYWALL. Drywall, people. That’s like prime time wham-a-bamma we’re almost donzo. The bad, well, ya know. 3-months later we are still insulating the attic.

As a reminder, this was our system for insulating the space.

How to Insulate Conditioned Attic

In the end, we landed up deviating just a bit from the plan above, mostly since the hubby had some big plans about creating a barrier between the drywall and the studs to make the heat transfer a bit less. So we decided to add another layer of foam to meet his grand plan vs. the foil wrap.

How to Install Foam Insulation

The final layer of insulation set us back $225 (15 boards of 1″ foam), so our total cost was just over $1,000 and we have the same effective R-value as the spray foam option, which was quoted at $3,400! Sweetness. Here is the cost breakdown:

  1. 800 sq. feet of foam board: $375
  2. 1,000 sq. feet of fiberglass bats: $400
  3. 3 cans of spray foam: $15
  4. 3 rolls of HVAC Tape: $30
  5. Extra Foam Board: $225

Since Jay is the engineer in the family and he seemed pretty confident about the path forward, I took a whatever floats yo boat approach to this DIY. I’ve been moderately persuaded by seeing a recognizable difference in temperature at the bottom of our steps where the attic meets up with the rest of the house, too. Here is what the side wall looked like pre-install.

How to Insulate Attic

The extra foam made the biggest difference on our end walls, where we just had room to add R-13 before. Although that’s technically code, we noticed that there seemed to be more airflow vs. the portions of the attic that had the foam installed for the baffle.

After adding the foam, we noticed a significant increase in temp in the room so that’s a good sign that the insulation is working!

Adding Foam Insulation

The great part about our second round of foam was that it was not nearly as time intensive or difficult as the first set. Since our original round of foam was put in to keep air flow out, we had to cut each piece to fit in the ceiling rafter exactly. That was a legit pain in the rear end.

This round was just a matter of adding some extra R-Value, so sealing and making sure each piece fit in like a puzzle, was just not on the radar. Slap it up, grab another piece and call it donzo. We just screwed in the foam directly onto the wall joists.

Foam Insulation Installation

The best part (other than noticing a significant bump in the heat retained in the room) was that we took down the partial side wall, which opened up the room so dang much. To date, I think removing this wall helped us really envision the space and see how open and large this room is going to feel. Here is how it looked before, completely closed off as a narrow and hard to navigate closet. Oh, and the PINK carpet. πŸ˜€

Master Suite Attic Conversion

And here is how it looks now. A whole lot messier, but I think it also looks a lot bigger!

Attic Conversion Master Suite

I was worried before that the built-in side of the room would feel too tight when you’re walking down along side it but taking down the wall made things look pretty darn spankin’ spacious. I’d gander to say there’s enough space to show off your chicken dance moves if the mood struck. πŸ˜€

Our final step will be to add some fiber glass insulation up into the top triangle above the pots lights. Since most of your heat escapes through your roof, we are trying to make sure the ceiling is as insulated as possible. We are hoping to get R-30 up above the ceiling (in addition to the R-23 we already have lining the walls) , which should keep everything nice and toasty.

Insulating Attic Ceiling

Probably the thing we are MOST excited about with the next stage of the process is that we are hiring this one out. We’re in the process of getting quotes right now, but it looks like we will have someone coming it to install all (or most) of the drywall. YIPPIIEE!!!

Even though in many ways, we’d be happy to do it, it will be nice to see something get done quickly, vs. having to scrunch in a few hours after work each day. Wham bam alacazam.

 

All, Or Nothing, or Half

So … confession. Remember when I told you all about our attic insulating bonanza and how great it was and how warm we’d be and how cheap it was. The thing I left out in this insulation love fest was that this hairy beast took WAY longer than either of us ever anticipated. Every. single. night. has been dedicated to this attic for the past 2-weeks. It’s been a dragola. Mainly because insulation is boring and it’s not fun to spend 2,000 years on a project that makes babies cry. From boredom.

To deal with my inner pain of having to wait it out to move on to any of the fun stuff, I’ve decided to dream away my days and try to hammer out what the upstairs bathroom will look like. Can’t help it, I’m a big picture type of girl. Once we finish this insulation (please Lord, let us finish) we’ll be lobbing off a chunk of the room to dedicated space for our fancy flusher water closet. A holy grail for our porcelain potty if you will, a la this photo.

Converting Attic to Master Suite

Dimensions wise, this photo is a pretty accurate depiction of the floor space that will be used-up to pop in this new bath of ours. Right now, the room’s dimensions are around 17′ x 11′, not including the long hall adjacent to the stairs where our closets will be. Now, for comparison, our current bedroom is 9′ x 11′, so we pretty much feel like we are moving into the Taj Mahal. Shwanky.

After we chunk off a piece for the bath, we will be looking at a room that’s 12′ x 11′, which in old house talk, means giant. We’ve got a few options for what the bath will look like, too.

Bathroom Options

Option #1 gives us a walk-in shower, similar to this bathroom. Walk-in shower and my house are never two words I thought I’d hear mashed together. It gives me the jitters. The good kind.

Option #2, gives us a double vanity. That’s two sinks, in one bathroom. That’s crazy talk. Crazy delicious talk. Omitting the plumbing for a shower is also kind of appealing.

If we go small, Option #3, we’d also have room for a wee little sitting nook over looking the neighborhood. So quaint and cozy. I can just see myself curled up with a book now.

So much to ponder, my heads a spinning. To help me visualize some of our lovely options, I took to my dear friend photoshop and started a workin’.

Marble Bathroom Mood Board

I’m a sucker for marble, that’s fo shizzle. A marble mosaic floor and some grass cloth wall paper. Yes sirree Bob. Sign me up brotha!! As you can see, I opted for the double vanity in this first rendition. I think I would just stand there and high five Jay while I brushed my teeth. The whole time.

Since you bump into yourself in our current teeth brushing space, having 11 FEET to crank our elbows around would be like the best thing ever.

Marble Bathroom Mood Board

Since I’m a hard core fan of a gray vanity (like our downstairs bath) I thought I’d switch up the first little photo op with a gray option. Yummmy. Maybe some darker details with a black or ORB frame. You picking up what I’m putting down?

If we went the small, cozy route, I think that I’d do a white plank wall to add some rustic character to the space. Perhaps something like this.

White Plank Bathroom

It’s fun to try out different options and see which one strikes my fancy the most. After lots of chatting with the hubster, I think we are leaning toward the double sink option since it will give us lots of elbow room, while having pretty straight forward plumbing to work with.

Although it would be nice to have a shower, we’ve already got two in the house, and there are only two of us … We don’t have any double sinks though, so that won the roll of the dice! Next steps:

  1. Hiring Plumber to do rough-ins
  2. Framing and drywalling bath
  3. Purchasing the fixtures
  4. Installing them!

Ya know, pretty much everything. πŸ˜‰ Help us decide! Which bathroom option do you think is best?

Bathroom Options

Making Some Grand Attic Plans

One of my favorite things about moving into a new house is the complete unknown of new spaces, and new rooms. Making each area into your own and learning about the homes full potential. This attic renovation has kind of been like finding a space in our house and rediscovering a new room, like when you just move in. Sure, we knew the attic was up there, but we’ve left the door shut to the space for the past year, so opening this room up has just got me thinking about all the possibilities.

Here is the overall layout of the space.

Attic Layout

Pretty basic room, lots of potential. Initially, we were thinking about bumping out the back wall a putting in a dormer. But the more we thought about it, the more we became content with the layout just as it was.

We interviewed (3) contractors about a potential dormer, and in complete honesty, we just were not crazy about any of them. Each one had their own perspective on how to go about the changes, and it just felt overwhelming and like we would be giving up all control of the project to someone that might not have the same vision for the space that we did. Plus, it was going to cost money, and we like to keep money in our pocket as much as possible. So the more we pondered about it, the more we started leaning toward just working with the space we had. Done.

Β  Master Attic Conversion Mood Board

1. Since our attic is chock full of knee wall space that would otherwise go unutilized (and will be totally accessible after the spray foam install), clever storage is the name of the game in our attic. The entire wall to the left of the steps as you walk up the hall will be closet space. A legit his and hers closet. Yours and mine, no ours. πŸ™‚ With Jay booted to the guest room the second we moved into this joint, it’s going to be fan-freaking-tastic to have all our clothes and booties in one place. Wootie Tootie, all our bootie’s.

2. Ooommmeerrggaaauuuddd. Like look at this little light o’ mine. To say I dream of these little candelabras that could every night is an understatement. They must be mine. ALL MINNNEEE.

3. Oh, and these little sconces. Ain’t dey cuties?? I’m thinking we’ll have these flank the bed. Classy.

Attic Conversion

4. Since the pink stairs are u-g-l-y, I think we’re going to channel our basement wainscoting stairway and pop up some beautiful trim work. I also think that the stairs will provide a nice transition between the upstairs and downstairs. Wooden treads with a runner that matches the carpet upstairs. I think that might just fit the bill.

5. Well look at that. I forgot a 5 in my little purty graphic. 5 can just stand for a mysterious unknown element. Spicy. Wait and see, my friends. πŸ˜‰

6. We wanted to find a door that fit the rest of the house, and when I saw this little dudeΒ chilling at the Depot, I pretty much signed on the dotted line. We’ll be installing a pocket door off the bath in the Master Suite, so we unfortunately couldn’t reuse a door (that matched) that was already in the attic since it will have a big old hole where the knob was. Shucks. Can’t win em’ all.

White painted paneled door

7. Although I love our darkΒ hardwood floors, I’ve already mentioned they’re kinda high maintenance. πŸ˜‰ For the upstairs I wanted something that was soft and inviting, and also something I could rake a vacuum and not worry about scratching the heck up. We’ve been hunting for carpet the last few weeks (just for fun, ya know, since this will be the absolute LAST thing we do in the space) and this loopy stuff is like cashmere. I just want to pet it all day long. So soft.

8. We’re a big fan of light colors in our house, but for the upstairs I wanted to just go a hair darker. Something to warm the place up. Like a mocha frappe latte.

9. Upholstered beds. I love em. Problem is, the orange tabby loves them, too. Darn cat claws the helllooo dolly out of these things. Still. I can’t resist.

10. Built-ins. Have I mentioned they’re going to be a big part of the space? On the wall opposite the closets, we plan on popping in even more store. Practical and pretty. Winning!