September 19, 2005

A View Without A Room

Several people asked if there was a room behind the new window. Currently, that is our attic. It has subflooring, but is not insulated or drywalled. We talk about turning it into a room eventually, but even assuming we build storage closets/shelves/drawers in all the knee walls, we would certainly have to give up a lot of storage space, and that small attic space is almost the only storage this old garage-less and basement-less house has. So it's conversion to liveable space is somewhat in question.


Does the attic have a proper stairwell, or do you have the pull-down ladder access?

Posted by: Meredith at September 19, 2005 10:45 AM

Neither! We have a one-and-a-half story house. It was originally a single story, but when it was renovated the roof was raised in some sections and part of the second floor was left as attic space. It has an almost regular doorway off the area surrounding the stairs to the second floor. "Almost regular" because the door is about 2 feet off the ground and will not be easily given it's own short staircase because the intake for the second floor heating/cooling system is in the way.

There are a few other issues with converting it to a room and we haven't begun to investigate the codes or to figure out how one would go about doing all that would need to be done to make it a real room.

Maybe in a few years we can begin to think about it. If we feel like we need living space more than storage space.

Posted by: Jordana at September 19, 2005 11:20 AM