Last summer, when we first moved into our house, I posted a “virtual house tour” of both the inside and the outside, with plans to eventually also do an installment for the attic and the basement. And now the suspense is finally over, at least on one of those things — today’s post will feature the long-overdue third installment of the virtual house tour, providing the first real glimpse of our attic on this blog so far.
Our attic is partly finished in the sense that there’s one weird little room up there, but there’s not much in the way of insulation, and no heating or cooling, so it gets to be about 150 degrees up there in the summer and it generally just isn’t liveable space. To give an idea of the layout, the following is a floorplan of the attic:
My first reaction after taking all the measurements and making the floorplan was that I must have messed up somewhere, because the attic looked a lot more square than the floorplan for the rest of the house (which you can see at the beginning of this post). But the attic doesn’t extend over the mudroom or the tandem room, and it loses a few additional feet at the front and back because of the way the dormers are set up, so that really is the overall shape of it.
The other weird thing I noticed, only upon taking the measurements and making the floorplan, was that mysterious block of completely inaccessible space in the lower right corner. Due to the slant of the roof it would definitely be a “crawlspace” area, with no more than three or four feet clearance at the high end, but there doesn’t seem to be any kind of access panel or anything for getting in there. (It’s also worth mentioning that this inaccessible space just happens to be right above the kitchen, which has some ceiling-related mysteries of its own. Makes you wonder…)
Anyway, as you may remember from the inside portion of the virtual house tour, the stairs to the attic are located in the dining room, tucked away behind a door. The stairs themselves are fairly narrow and definitely have an unfinished, utilitarian look with just some dull gray paint:
The stairs leading up to our attic.
At the top of the stairs there’s an almost closet-like nook, though you can see on the floorplan how it doesn’t actually have a door or anything to make it a fully legit closet. From the top of the stairs, the unfinished portion of the attic is to the left and the pink room is on the right. The following is a view of the unfinished portion of the attic:
A view of the unfinished portion of our attic, as seen from the door.
As far as unfinished attics go, though, I know they can be a lot more unfinished than ours — we at least have solid floorboards spanning the whole thing, rough and splintery as they may be. At the house I grew up in, the attic had no floorboards at all. There was just the exposed insulation, which meant you couldn’t really walk around up there without balancing on the narrow joists (or else you’d likely fall straight through the drywall ceiling).
Above the unfinished part of the attic you’ll see just the exposed, slanty boards of the roof, with no drywall or insulation or anything. Here’s another photo from a slightly different angle that shows a better view:
Another view of the unfinished portion of our attic.
As for the pink room, I’m really not sure what the story is there. The color seems to suggest that maybe it was intended as a little girl’s room, except as I mentioned before the attic isn’t really livable due to its climate-related issues. Plus the previous owners had only two sons, neither of whom seemed to know what the deal was with the pink room, only that they used to play up there as kids. (Which suggests that the pink room has been around, more or less in its current state, since the 1960’s or earlier.)
Due to its small size (around 9 by 13 feet) and slanty ceilings, I had a hard time photographing the pink room, and the best I could seem to do was stitch several shots together into this (slightly distorted) panorama:
A view of the “pink room” in our attic.
So anyway, that’s the attic, it all its unfinished (and in some places perplexing) glory. I’ll confess that I’ve probably only been up there 4 or 5 times total since we bought the house — we don’t use it for storage, and there generally just isn’t much reason to venture up there at all. But the same unfinished-ness that has caused us to ignore and neglect the attic also means that it’s kind of a blank slate, with the potential to someday be transformed into whatever kind of layout we want.
What do you make of the pink room, or of the attic in general? And what kind of modifications or renovations would you make to this attic in a pipe dream universe where money was no object?