Attic Renovation Plans.

We have some wasted space in our 1840s home. 

Does that seem like an oxymoron to you? Wasted space in an old home? 

It should. 

Because older homes usually are efficiently designed, where every nook and cranny has a purpose. For the most part, our home is no exception. 

Unless you take a look at our side attic. (We have two attics; a side attic located between the two bedrooms upstairs, and an upstairs attic that is unusable.) 

When you walk upstairs, the door directly in front of you is our side attic. 

Look to your left, and you'll see a very long, spacious attic with a nice sized window at the end.

Look to your right and you'll see at least 10 feet of attic with some venting, I presume.

Sometime in the next two years, I'd like to add a half bathroom (toilet, vanity and sink) to the right and a laundry and storage area to the left. Currently our laundry is in our *only* downstairs bathroom, and it's not an ideal floor plan. (More on that later...)

We had a contractor draw up plans about 5 years ago, but he insisted on adding a dormer to the side of the house. John and I are not keen on cutting a hole in our roof to add a dormer. It would significantly increase the renovation cost, as well. While we know that the pitch of our roof will make our half-bath small and require us to strategically design our laundry, we do not want to add a dormer.

I think in the spring we'll have a new contractor draw up some plans, and depending on the estimate, we'll begin construction.

The kicker is this: To create a new bathroom and laundry upstairs will require us to renovate our existing bathroom. The laundry will need to be moved, and that will be no easy task.

I'm almost sick to think how much this will cost.


  1. This is awesome! I've been trying to do some bathroom renovation , and this gave me some great insight for things to try. Thanks for sharing!

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