The attic renovation was completed towards the end of last year so I’m a bit tardy getting this up. My partner Phill and his Dad did the vast majority of the renovation and the results are pretty amazing.
The attic space was one of the things that sold the house to us. It was a large floored space with plenty of room to stand up. Once we moved in it wasn’t long before we were making use of the space as a storage hub. Between the two of us we have so much stuff! The attic housed everything from out of season clothing and suitcases to homewares and music equipment. We even put a desk and computer up in there which was mainly used by Phill for recording music.
We’d always dreamt of doing the attic up and making it into a more liveable space. When we decided to start a family last year, we knew that the room Phill used as his office/man cave would become the baby’s room. It’s the smallest room in the house but it housed ALOT of stuff – including a large desk for his freelance work, a bookcase with all his J.R.R. Tolkien books (not to mention countless other books), CD units, artwork and ornamental memorabilia. There was no chance he could go without his man cave, so it was time for the attic renovation to begin.
Attic renovations can be hugely expensive but we had a decent base to work from (solid structure and flooring). Not to mention the fact that we had the building expertise of my retired father-in-law – who saved us a fortune in labour costs!
The Before Pictures
In it’s previous state, the attic walls were poorly covered with plaster board and most of the floor was covered in old red carpet. In the winter the attic was freezing and in the summer it was a hot house so it was never a space you could have spent a huge amount of time in.
The big pieces of work that needed to be done included:
- the insertion of an attic window (we opted for a Velux window and had an experienced roofer fit it)
- plaster boarding & plastering the walls
- building a partition (stud wall) & doorway (to store all our gumph out of sight)
- updating all the electrics & moving the existing radiator.
The first job was to clear the entire space and remove all the carpet and dodgy plaster board from the walls. It wasn’t long before the Velux window was put in and the electrics were updated. Phill and his dad then secured the walls with new plaster board and built a stud wall complete with door. Then it was time to plaster the walls and let them dry out.
Once all the messy work was done, we had carpet fitters fit a thick light grey carpet. We choose carpet rather than wooden or laminate floor to help keep heat in and to better soundproof the space. And we opted for light wooden skirting.
The majority of the furniture and storage units were bought in Ikea. Flat packed items are the only option when you only have a small opening up to the attic. Phill choose oak veneer storage units and a faux black leather sofa. The desk is made up of an Ikea grey kitchen worktop with ikea storage drawers and legs. The walls are painted a light grey with a feature wall of Crown ‘Cuban Heat’!
The End Result
All in all the renovation took approximately a month to complete (not full days of work). That included all the messy building work and the furniture building and decoration. The end result is a man cave Phill can be proud of. It’s a room imprinted with his personality, but I love the space too and find it very inviting and inspiring – especially when the sun beams through the window. It’s a place for Phill to happily work and play.
No doubt he will continue to collect more books, music, comics, memorabilia and art over the next few years…so a house move might be the next thing we have to think about!