The Happy Crazy House

remodeling and other family adventures

All the work that has been completed is the unattractive stuff.  LOL.  Unattractive but necessary.

The base of the room is getting done.

That super fun stuff is getting completed by Dave.  hahahahaha  I have been playing around with the footprint to ensure that we can get a bathroom up here eventually.  When we bought the house, there were plumbing lines roughed in to this area….right next to the stairs.  After some exploration we realized that they cut(!!!!!!!) the floor joists to put those roughed lines in.  seriously, people.  I love DIY – but I love educated DIY.  Dave and I sistered new joists in and took out the roughed in lines so we could start from scratch…..the right way.

In the below layout I put the bathroom back next to the stairs to see how to would work out with lines and layout.

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In my previous two plans – 1.  I had the bathroom in this space, but way smaller.  2.  I had the bathroom in the center of room on the north side (where the desk with the purple chair is below).

I have them mapped out on the floor in marker at the moment and will choose one by the end of next week when we have to start with the Sheetrock.

Attic Bedroom overhead view

The bathroom finishes won’t stop us from finishing the bedroom part of the upstairs.  I am still working with this inspo board.

One Room Challenge Week 1 Attic Bedroom

The girls OK’d their choices and we are moving forward!

One Room Challenge Week 2 Attic Bedroom

I am extremely excited and nervous about participating (even as a guest!) in the One Room Challenge™ .  I have followed the evolution of rooms within the Challenge for some time and always sighed over how well they come together.  See:  Making it Lovely or Old Home Love.

In the back of my mind it was always – 6 weeks for a complete overhaul?  You’ll never get it together for that.  Well – I have decided to banish those negative thoughts and jump into this Challenge as a guest participant to spur me into action.

I have been sitting on a plan for the Attic Bedroom since we moved in this past summer.  We were just waiting for Dave to have time to devote to putting in the insulation.  Well, the stars aligned and Dave was able to start on it yesterday.  Perfect timing for us to commit to the Challenge.

Scary phone photo of the stairs leading up.  I did not even see this space until after we bought the house.

ALLLLLLL the stuff the previous owner left behind.

Back in August I posted about my outline for the room and the fact that the girls had come to me with a layout and their color scheme ideas…..SO CUTE!!!!!

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As a reminder (or introduction) the upstairs will house Jules (12) and Jane (8).  The girls will be sharing ~700 sq ft with their own bathroom.  I dropped some info into a room builder to play with layouts and I will start with this:

new attic layout

As always it will evolve over time – BUT the end result will be an upstairs bedroom for the girls.  They can’t wait!

One Room Challenge Week 1 Attic Bedroom

Thanks for following along.

 

You can check out all the other guest participants on the ORC website.
New posts go up every Thursday for 6 weeks.

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It’s official.  It took a very long time but it’s ours.

Intro

A tiny bit of backstory:  We always knew that we would end up in Kramer, North Dakota.  Both Dave and I thought it would be closer to retirement, but we always kept an eye on the job openings…..and here we are 🙂  A large factor in our decision, is the proximity to the lake.  Dave and I are lake people.  He has had a dream of having a cabin on water since he was a kid.  I added that to my bucket list the first year he took me to Lake Metigoshe when I was 23.

We finally made the dream come true and this original little 1930’s lake cabin is ours.

I get a little misty when I think of how we can host our friends and family at the lake during the summer months. Even more so when I think of the memories that we have begun to accumulate with the girls there.

One of the best thing about the cabin, is the location- directly across from the island that puts off Fourth of July fireworks.

During high summer it gets busy at the lake but come fall, it’s very serene.

Our hearts are full and oh, so happy to call this place ours.

Well – the majority of what we want to finish construction wise is complete on the main floor. Roll up post to come on that. So I am moving on Up those stairs and getting my game plan set for the attic.  The girls will be sharing ~700 sq ft with their own bathroom.  I dropped some info into a room builder to play with layouts and I will start with this:

The plumbing lines were already run when I started on this version.  It was pretty easy to decide where the beds and desk would go based on the walls clustered together on one side of the room.  After some exploration, we found some issues with the plumbing that was roughed in.  Based on that knowledge we feel good about moving the bathroom to the center of the attic.  That aligns the plumbing lines with what is on the first floor and basement…..but it does make things more difficult for me in designing the room.

The bathroom will have the only ‘walls’ extending into the room.  I have decided to either use wooden slats or metal rods from floor to ceiling around the stairs to keep as much natural light flowing through the room as possible.  There are only a few furniture pieces that are must haves from the girls perspective:

  • 2 beds
  • 2 desks
  • 2 chairs
  • 2 toy chests
  • 1 set of cubbyholes
  • TV
  • bean bag chairs

Everything else is optional and I think we will keep it pretty minimal as a start to ensure that I do not over fill it!

Jules and Jane came to me with a plan – they would like the base color to be grey and white.  Then they can each pick another color to highlight what is theirs.  Jules would like blue or teal – Jane would like pink.  Color me surprised 🙂   We will pick and choose what from what we have and then do some bargain hunting at the stores we have locally.

Jane’s Room in MT

Jules’ Room in MT

 

Jules’ Room in ND

 

and here we go!

 

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