Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Children's Rooms - Before & After

Like the Master Bedroom, this side of the 2nd floor almost doubled in size as we changed from a low profile cape cod roof to a taller, shed dormer roofline - without any footprint change!  Instead of one, narrow room, we now have two light, bright bedrooms (plus a hall bath!).  Here's where we started.

Floor Plan - Before

Floor Plan - After

After building the new 2nd floor, 4 feet taller than the original, we have a dramatic change from the 'before'.  We now have lots of windows and light.  And on the interior, we popped the ceilings up a bit higher than planned, to take advantage of all the new space.  This added lots of architectural interest in the rooms, thanks to the dormer angles.

The Girls Room

If you remember the plan for the back bedroom, we wanted to create a girl's room with no pink (click here for more info).  It was a bit of a challenge, but we think we pulled it off.  Here's how we did it.

At the Open House, we heard lots of comments about the angled feature wall.  Painted Sherwin Williams Retiring Blue, it really adds a lot of interest to the space.  And while the rest of the room is painted a basic Sherwin Williams Extra White, the blue wall reflects and adds dimension to the white walls as well.

I love the Pottery Barn duvet cover and pillows, as well as the faux fur bean bag chair.  Remember the little chandelier that I spray painted?  Doesn't it look great installed over the table (with the bling!)?

We love this room!

The Boys Room

The front bedroom has lots and lots of sunlight streaming in.  With 5 windows, facing south and west, it's a really bright room.

We capitalized on the cool space under the dormer, by creating a wall of built ins.  We were able to reuse the built in dresser from the original space, but added a closet and a cozy window seat as well.
Inspiration for the room came from the very colorful geometric sheets that I found at Target (on sale!).  The striped coverlet and decorative pillows are from Pottery Barn (except for the custom window seat cushion that my friend Faith made!).

So what do you think?  Isn't this a big change from our starting point?

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  1. Looks great! I have a similar space that looks lke your before pic. Did you consider keeping the paneling? It has so much nostalgia and character.

  2. Thanks Elizabeth. Because we raised the roof 4 feet, we really couldn't keep the paneling - it would have been too short. But I have saved pickwick pine paneling before and love how it came out (you just need to use a really good oil primer to keep it from bleeding through). Here's a link to a dining room in our second house -http://www.sopocottage.com/2012/12/dining-room-and-foyer-before-and-after.html - and you're right, it has fantastic character!

  3. What a difference!! Such a great use of space! We have a huge unfinished attic that we'd love to turn into a bonus room or kids room one day.

    1. Isn't it amazing how much you can change a space when you finish it off! I'd be chomping at the bit to finish off a big attic space!! Sounds wonderful!

  4. Another fantastic updated! Good job! Do you have a source for the artwork in the girls room? The one above the little wicker piece? Love it!

    1. Thanks so much! Oh, that's a canvas print by Catherine Breer (a Maine artist with a studio in Freeport, Maine). I love her colors and style!


  5. It is magnificent! Beautiful, fun, happy! I love it all!!!


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