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Attic remodel:  This post shares how we converted an unused walk-up attic into ample space for a family room, train table, sitting area, playroom, and storage.

Before & After attic renovation remodel finishing remodeling before and after century home family room train table playroom

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Our attic was one of the areas that totally convinced us to buy our house. In the house I grew up in, the attic could be reached through a pull down door in the ceiling. When my parents stored stuff in there, you knew it wasn’t coming out for a LOOOONG time because the access space was over our stairs. Not easy to get to. That’s why I thought it was so incredibly cool that our attic had stairs going up to it.   Mark and I have always thrown around the idea of trying to fix up the attic space, but we knew the cost of fixing it up might be more than it was worth. We started off by painting the area to make it seem cleaner and brighter. Eventually we moved the train table and Geo Trax up there. The kids loved it but could realistically only play up there during fall and spring. Summer…too hot. Winter…too cold. The more we thought about it, though, the more we realized that this area was the perfect hang-out spot for our family.   Mark put so much work into the attic remodel, and we are happy to say that this is now our favorite spot in the house.

 

The train table used to be the first thing people saw when coming up the stairs.

Before & After attic renovation remodel finishing remodeling before and after century home family room train table playroom

 

 

Now, we have a Craigslist (awesome deal) table where we can play cards.  Mark also put in a larger window and HVAC unit.  The big window is what allowed us to get our furniture into the house!

Before & After attic remodel renovation finishing remodeling before and after century home family room train table playroom

Can’t forget a picture of Mark on the lift.  Hard to tell it’s 3 stories up!  Yikes!

 

Before & After attic renovation remodel finishing remodeling before and after century home family room train table playroom

 

Turn to the left, and it used to be an open space with a ventilation piece sticking up from the floor.

Before & After attic renovation remodel finishing remodeling before and after century home family room train table playroom

 

We first had foam insulation put in.

Before & After attic renovation remodel finishing remodeling before and after century home family room train table playroom

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Now we have the TV (sitting on a low entertainment center that Mark made) and two queen-sized sleeper sofas.

Before & After attic renovation remodel finishing remodeling before and after century home family room train table playroom

 

Keep turning left, and there is a small area that I was hoping could be a newborn studio area. Before, it was the dollhouse and GeoTrax area.  (Aw, look how little my guys were!)

Before & After attic renovation remodel finishing remodeling before and after century home family room train table playroom

 

Before & After attic renovation remodel finishing remodeling before and after century home family room train table playroom

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Keep turning left, and we’re back where we started.

 

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The little door leading to Jordyn’s playroom was designed to not be immediately noticed.  It is the fourth “secret” hidden playroom in our house.

 

Photo with the Mosers (our cousins).

Before & After attic renovation remodel finishing remodeling before and after century home family room train table playroom

 

  Before & After attic renovation remodel finishing remodeling before and after century home family room train table playroom

Now, I just need to spice it up with a few decorations.  There are very few options for wall art since we don’t have many straight walls.  In our attic remodel, we kept the knee walls short to maximize space.  Anyway, we’re really happy with how the attic remodel turned out and were surprised how much space there really was to work with.


  • Stephani - This is amazing! I know this was hard work. We have been in the middle of a house rennovation for 2 1/2 years! I am happy to say that the new siding is going on today!! I’ve been living without siding for months! Once the outside is done we will do a little work on the inside.ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - Remodeling always ends up taking longer than anticipated. :) We bought this house 12 years ago, and it still is a major work in progress. We went back and forth on remodeling the attic, but it has been so worth it! I wish you all the best with your remodeling projects. Yay, for siding! :)ReplyCancel

Just for fun…this is the video my mother-in-law took right after we found out that our offer was accepted on our house.  Enjoy seeing lime green walls, tons of wallpaper, a psychedelic flowered bathroom, gold and green carpets, a pink tiled bathroom and so much more. View full post »

  • Life with Kaishon - Oh my goodness I LOVED this. I loved it because it gave me a great layout of the house for when I come to rob you first and foremost ; )

    I LOVE the wood. You look super young but honestly, I think you are prettier now than you were then. I think you must have been wearing Mark’s jacket. Seriously. You wouldn’t have picked that out on your own. I can’t believe how young you are in this : ) Time flies.

    See you soon when I come to rob you. Be on the lookout.ReplyCancel

    • Andrea - So Becky…I know you’re wanting to rob us of the gorgeous curtains in the dining room, but they’re no longer there. :)

      I did pick out the jacket on my own. I have no taste in clothing or decorating. (Did you hear me talk about pink curtains?)ReplyCancel

  • Karen - Wow to see and hear Mom was a real treat. She died at age 99 but she’s very much with it in this video. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • cindy - what wonderful filming by Sharon..priceless! thanks for sharing this. It seems like yesterday as I watch it and remember my own first visit, the house helpd many secrets yet to discover as you began restoration !!Andrea..wow…what a lovely home you have and you all have done a beautiful job remodeling! Mom did look really good …in fact everyone did..LOL!ReplyCancel