So back in 1998 we renovated the third floor. I'd call it an attic but, there were two small rooms up there when we bought the house, and (obviously) there's one now...besides, after all the work that went into it, "attic" seems a little unceremonious!
Here's the earliest picture I could find. At this stage I had already gutted the floor of the two rooms. The walls were covered in beaverboard and the floor had two layers of linoleum. By the design of it, the bottom layer was probably from the 1940's and, as an added bonus, the floor was insulated with old newspapers. The downside of finding the papers was that I (as I so easily do) became distracted and spent an entire afternoon just reading World War II news!
At the time of this pic I had already insulated the entire floor, ran all new electricity all the way from the basement (which in itself would be worth a post or two) and had begun hanging sheet rock. Luckily, the two radiators were already up there and just needed painting!
The next pic is just a "proof" pic. Yep! That's me!
So here it is nearly done. To the left of the chimney I put in some simple book shelves and created a bit of a reading nook. Turned out to be a cozy little spot!
This was my first major project so the lessons were innumerable! But here are a few of the key ones:
1. When building a knee wall, build it as one unit then insert it into position. This will make level, square and plumb a much easier job.
2. When mudding the sheet rock, several thin layers are vastly superior to one thick layer! Oh the mess!
3. The local library has a lot of books! Some of them even cover topics like electricity!
Maybe in future posts I will be a but more informative with my lessons learned, but looking back these were the chief lessons!