Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Attic Studio: Day 7

stairway

These are the already existing stairs (behind this door with the embroidery hoops on it here) leading to the attic. This is most definitely the beforish group of pictures of my attic studio even though when I took them in the middle of yesterday my guys had already accomplished tons since this pic (more on my guys soon). It could be quite drab to look at all this wood and stuff - that's what that clicky button on your computer mouse is for. But if you'd like to come up with me......

east.wall

As you come up the stairs and turn to your right you'd see the east wall of the house where we've busted out a hole in the brick wall for a window space that'll be about 6 ft wide and 4 ft high. Its also the only way to bring all the large materials into the attic for building. So there is a scaffold set up from the garage wall below and up 3 stories to this gaping hole. Our house is really a long, one story house, but the garage is tucked in under that main story, and now this studio will be above that, making it pretty high up their. The first day Nicolas (sans cast) saw the scaffold when he got off the bus he didn't hesitate to scale up the side of it and enter the house by coming through the hole, and down the stairs to say hello with a proud grin. Pat and Geoff (my guys) had taken the boards and ladder away from the lower areas of the scaffold so no one would be tempted to try it. Nicolas would have likely come up the hard way even if the easy way had been left in place. Sigh. Where was I?

south.wall

Turning clockwise a little from the window area, is this very long wall, about 25 ft, that runs along the front side of the house. I'm not putting windows, or dormers here, because there would be the need to also kind of balance that build out at the other end of the house and we don't have the plans or budget for that. (Also that property assessor guy that looks our house from the road every year would see it and might assume our house is worth more than it was last year, and who wants to pay property taxes on such silly assumptions? Eehhem.)

long.wall

Here's a view of that long wall from the window end. The short studs that you see there will become a knee wall which will be the back wall of a very long row of shelving that tucks under the angle of the ceiling. That'll house bolts of fabric, quilts, pattern boxes, etc. I'm smiling.

where.I.shall.sew

Now we're turned back down to the west end of the shelving wall, and back at the stairwell. My long sewing table is going to run along that sort of half wall there. My kids are going to throw a bunch of crap over that half wall and down the stairs. I'm just giving you the full vision here.

facing.west

On the other side of the staircase, except for building out a little more alcove space for storage, we are walling off the rest of the attic, and making access to it by way of a door. You can sort of make out lots of pattern boxes, bolts of fabric, etc behind the beginning of the framed wall. Our attic runs the entire length of the house, and so provides about another 3000 sq. ft. of space, which is crazy. The center portion of the attic/house actually has higher ceiling clearance- about 9 feet- than this east end that I'm building out which only has about 7.5 feet at the highest. But the center portion is huge, like about 2000 sq. ft., so way more than I want to heat and cool or even design for at the present. My new space will be about 430.

fabric.shelves.and.drawers.here

Now turning clockwise again from the previous picture you can see where my sort of T-shaped studio stems out into a new dormer that will face the back yard. This north side of the studio will get a wall of fabric shelves for my personal stash (from that metal pole on the left to the wooden support in the middle) and then take a turn into the left side of the dormer which will be a wall of drawers for art supplies, etc.

new.view

The windows that will go in the dormer will give me this view of one side of our backyard. Hello trees.

tiny.dog

And hello confused little dog. How did you get so tiny? If I peer over the edge of the dormer hole I see a puppy that wants to know why his mommy is standing in the roof. Cute little schmookums.

where.I.shall.draw

Heres that hole in the roof for the dormer again. My drafting table will go at the end of this under the windows. It feels very tree-housey up here, I hope that doesn't change once its finished. To the right of the drafting table along the east wall of the dormer, we're going to build a long counter style desk for my computer, and other desky stuff that I don't have much room for downstairs. There were some really great old, aged planks of wood up here flooring just a tiny bit of the attic for walking around that I want to use for that.

So there it is guts and all. Thanks for peeking around with me. I might be the only person that likes the sound of power tools and building while I work. I love knowing that little dreams are getting fulfilled up there.

more soon, xoxo, Anna

91 comments:

  1. It's going to look amazing! And I love the story about your son...he sound hilarious!

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  2. Wow...that is going to be one fabulous studio! I'm so jealous! What a wonderful space for all your creativity!

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  3. Exciting can't wait to see the finished product!
    xo.kyla

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  4. Anonymous10:06 AM

    It's going to be amazing! Is this new space going to be used in addition to your current studio, or instead of it? (Are you converting your old studio into something else?) Enjoy the process!

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  5. "I'm smiling." <--- I guessed this before you wrote it. Your glee is radiating off the monitor!
    "... kids are going to throw a bunch of crap over that." <--- Love it. Know it. Live it.
    I don't want to be envious. Okay, I am a bit. But mostly I am happy and excited for you and this beautiful space. You are so worthy. I love your descriptions, and I can't wait for the next installment.

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  6. Hi there- this will be in addition to the space I have now :) I share my downstairs space with employees, and this upstairs space will be more personal, and nice and open for photography.
    xo,AM

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  7. Anonymous10:14 AM

    Mmm, I can't wait to see this when it's finished! :)

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  8. Wow! This space just blew my mind! Can't wait to see all that you do with it!

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  9. The jealousy is just ooooozing out of me!!!.....I love love love with all my heart (and soul) loft spaces!.....*sigh* one day Mrs.Horner I'll be like you.

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  10. So exciting! I dream someday of building the perfect workshop.
    Yay for you!

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  11. Anna! This is going to be quite fabulous. Your very own tree house studio! Thanks for the tour.

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  12. This space in your attic looks so much bigger than I imagined it when you first mentioned your new studio. It looks like it's going to be fabulous, especially with that big window where your work table will be - excellent view!

    Love the story of Nicholas entering the house through the construction zone - just like a boy!

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  13. Wow, looks like it will be an amazing space!!

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  14. Whoa jealousy!!! :) Not only do I love tree houses and sewing rooms... but I also love construction! :) Lucky you!

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  15. Annie C.11:31 AM

    What's that old Carly Simon song? Aaaantici-PA-tion . . . . I'm so glad I don't have the only nervy, smarty pants kid in the world. When do they quit that stuff?

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  16. Oh Wow. I almost wish you hadn't posted this because I'm too excited to see the end result and don't want to wait that long!

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  17. So gorgeous. Dreamy!! I love the thought of more fabulous AMH fabric being created there!
    (I too love the sound of power tool, including vacuums!! If someone else is vacuuming at my house, the top of my head gets tingly! Just the thought of someone ELSE working - so lovely!)

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  18. Your son is fantastic. :) I'm so excited for you to have your room and I too love the sound of power tools and banging in a house.

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  19. how fantastic that will be to have done. isn't it cold to have holes in walls right now?! i bet your vision of what is to come keeps you cozy and warm.

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  20. I cannot wait to see it finished, it is going to be just lovely. And I can't wait to see how you decorate it either!

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  21. Oh, I'm so happy for you!! That is going to be the most beautiful space. I totally agree about the sound of power tools when you know your dream is within reach! :)

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  22. That is going to be one awesome studio when its finished! I love the 'tree housey' vibe too!

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  23. This is really super awesome. I'd say I'm jealous but I am not you and don't need this kind of space. Still, I wouldn't refuse it if it were handed to me on a platter. :)

    And the line about your kids throwing crap over the side made me laugh--it's just so true. Every time I spruce up my sewing space it gets unspruced by my crap-flinging kids (and husband). Ha.

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  24. Wow Anna. It's really coming along. I can't wait to see the finished product!

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  25. We all need little dreams and so pleased yours are coming true. A beautiful space and views!

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  26. Beautiful view, nice large space to work/play in!

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  27. That's so exciting! I can't wait to see the finished product, it sounds like it'll be amazing.

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  28. I cant say much since green(with envy) isnt my color....

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  29. I love remodeling. I'd do a room every year if I had the money. Still, I always have a room being painted or something going on around here. Wish I could be there to watch the progress of your studio in person. Sounds like so much fun. It's going to be wonderful when you are done.

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  30. Penny said....
    So exciting! Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Can't wait to see this develop - your studio is shaped exactly the same as our bonus room and I don't quite have the vision for that room yet. Yay for your vision!

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  32. How fun to have all those extra space. I dont understand why all the houses here have attic but they are never used at all. Cant wait to see the final outcome.

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  33. I am so glad you are getting your own space. Congratulations! Enjoy it!

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  34. I've always wanted to convert an attic space! Never had a house that was suited for it - still don't. Thanks for the photos so I can live vicariously through you:) It's going to be beautiful!

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  35. Looks fabulous from here! Loved the story of the son coming up the hard way. A metaphor there if I wasn't too tired to think of one.

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  36. You must be busting! how exciting.

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  37. Oh, how I have dreams of converting our large attic into a sewing room/guest bedroom space. I'm going to have fun living vicariously through you while you actually make it happen at your place. Hope it turns out just how you envision!!

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  38. Anonymous1:18 AM

    3000 sq. ft?? Did I read that right! Thats amazing, I'm the space will great once you finish it.
    And all those boxes of fabric and patterns? I am soooooooo jealous;-(

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  39. Wow!! This is going to be fantastic!!

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  40. looks amazing, but I am lovin' that picture of the pup...too funny, that is exactly like my guy would look before he frantically started running around trying to find a way to join me!

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  41. You aren't the only one! My basement is under construction and that noise means work is happening.

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  42. My husband is a contractor so well I know the sound of the power tools running around the house. Kind of homey in a way. :)

    I hope it turns out as beautiful as your dreams. :)

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  43. I can't believe there's all that useable space up there!! Nice. : )

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  44. ooooo! I SEE it! Sigh. Lovely already and going to be the best tree house ever. :)
    My hubby is a builder, as was my father. I love how they create with loud hand held machines and wood, turning nothing into something. Coming home smelling of saw dust mmmm...wonderful memories.
    I am very excited to see it finished as are you I am SURE!

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  45. I think your assessor might increase your home's value based on the building permit. I'm a bit jealous of your new room. I've got attic space adjacent to my sewing room that I daydream about converting.

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  46. laura8:10 PM

    Golly Miss Molly! I can't wait to see when it's done!!! So I bet you're on pins and needles.

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  47. Is it OK to feel a little sting of envy?
    It is going to be gorgeous - and you probably don't want to come downstairs when it's all done.

    ~ Karina

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  48. Kimberly V8:21 AM

    You totally crack me up! (the little doggie down there.. Ha) You write the way I think and it makes me laugh at the funnies and cry at the sentimentals. It's the little things in life that we are all so familiar with and since we experience the same emotions, we can relate. so cool! I LOVE that you get to have a studio in the trees. Mine may be in the basement one day, blech! don't know if there will ever be enough light down there, as I paint, draw, sew, etc. At least I'll be cool in the summer. Can't wait to see yours unfold. I LOVE your blog, especially when it gets personal because it's real life stuff. thanks!

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  49. You will absolutely love this! We did the same thing to the attic of our 1930s bungalow two years ago to add a master suite! It feels so much like a tree house. It was such a positive oasis for my husband and I that we gained a third kid! ;) I have two tips: foam insulation to keep maximum head room and a separate cooling unit. You'll be amazed how much heat will rise from your bottom living quarters. We also recycled our hard wood for flooring and it looks incredible! We used natural bono flooring treatment to seal it and the wood is just incredible. Keep up the progress pictures for your after pictures will just blow you away. Thanks for the continuous inspiration!

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  50. My sewing space is a small bonus room over my garage, and is shaped like yours with the sloping walls down both sides. I can't wait to see how you arrange everything- mine is, of course, a work in progress!

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  51. Jobeth10:23 AM

    Anna, this is awesome! Lucky girl you are. And guys?! I wish I had guys...

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  52. Oh, how exciting Anna! This will be an amazing space!

    We will be moving to a new house in about 9 weeks and I too will finally have a studio area all of my own! :) Can't wait!

    Looking forward to seeing your finished studio!

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  53. Whoops, forgot to link my blog address.

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  54. When we finished our attic, which looks very much like your stairs leading up to. We also added built ins but left a space behind for our kids to have a hide out!

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  55. I am so excited to see the space all done!! Better watch the "cast boy"... he scares me and I am not even his mommy!! EEEk!

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  56. I love constuctions! This looks great, my things are all in the living, dinning and my bedroom( and husband of course), almost everything is hide below the sofa(fabrics) in wherever I found a little space. At least I know where is everything. But your space is really a dream. Enjoy it.

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  57. I am excited to see how it turns out too. I actually have a space exactly like this in my home (my sons bedroom). It runs the entire length of the house. When it was re-done (not by me) they put such small windows in. I can't bring myself to consider it as studio space because I cannot look outside enough. ALSO because it is so stuffy in the summer. We live in New England and have no central air..the boys camp out in the basement on the hots days. So...my advice is make sure sure you can see and breathe!!! Can't wait to see more.

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  58. How exciting! When I was on maternity leave with my son last year, we had our teeny little bathroom remodeled. I loved hearing the guys working, and seeing the room come together -- and that was just a tiny bathroom, not a huge creative space! I will dream about my own attic remodel while I watch yours (we plan to turn our "finished" attic into a master suite when our family grows beyond three, and I hope to find a bit of work space for myself up there, too).

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  59. Wow now that is going to be one cool studio! A real treetop hideaway! What a fantastic space to be creative in.

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  60. Thank you all very nice article nice perfect renker

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