A couple of weeks ago, I showed you photos from when we added a second floor to our house. You can read about that here. Today I’m going to show you the pictures of the inside.
Here we go. This is what the kitchen looked like before we added the stairs.
Here’s the new look.
Now let’s go upstairs and check out the landing area.
The door on the left is a large closet. The door at the back on the right is the furnace room. At the back of the photo on the left is the door to the bedroom area.
When we first built the upstairs, we installed the four windows on the left. Later we added the two windows on the end.
Now let’s check out that closet. It started out as a “craft room” and looked like this:
Then we turned it into a nursery for the grandkids.
And here’s the furnace room:
The addition has its own furnace and air conditioner.
And now the main bedroom area:
The room is sparsely furnished right now because we aren’t really using it. When I’m working on a quilt project, I usually use it for my project. Otherwise we call it “Ivy’s room” because this is where she sleeps when she’s here (Ivy is my 3-1/2 year old granddaughter). She slept on the futon a couple of times but she doesn’t stay put. One day I went up to see what the heck she was doing because of all the noise and she was laying on the desk. So she’s back in the pack and play for now. Two-year-old grandson, Calvin, sleeps in the other room.
And here’s the bathroom:
It wasn’t our preference to put the shower in the middle like that but it was the only place it would fit.
David made the vanity and medicine cabinet.
Off the bathroom is a closet. We put in a pocket door to save space. The closet is currently being used for storage, including the grandkids’ tent! But you can see that it has two rods on the left – for shorter items – and a higher rod on the right for longer items. We also installed three drawers and a shoe cubby on the left and another shoe cubby on the right. There are lots of hooks for miscellaneous items like belts, scarves, etc. There used to be an iron holder and a fold down iron but we removed those recently.
Here are a few final thoughts about some of the things we did:
1. We installed carpet in the bedroom because it was cheaper than wood and would help minimize noise downstairs.
2. We were on a pretty tight budget for this addition so David did the work himself. A couple of friends and family members helped build the shell but after that he did the rest on the evenings and weekends. It took 9 months to complete.
3. We installed a bi-fold door on the craft room – to save space. We talked about putting in a pocket door but didn’t want to take the extra time and effort to install it. Big mistake. The bi-fold door is adequate but a pocket door would have been much better.
Describing a renovation like this is harder than it looks. So if I’ve missed anything or you have questions, please let me know in the comments below.