1) It was really dark (just one window in the whole space),
2) Had a small closet,
3) Included a useless hallway
4) Had lots of of attic space, but it wasn't well utilised
5) And of course there was that mysterious hole in the ceiling
We wanted to fix that.
With the walls gone, the guys could start with brand new framing. Much easier and quicker and it allowed us to put the walls where we wanted them (note - we added a lot more structural framing below, to accommodate the weight of the new bathroom!).
Next, the skylights. In these old houses, I think skylights are one of the best value items you can add. They're not cheap - I use Velux which is the top of the line. They're guaranteed for 10 years . In fact, I've bought houses with Velux units that were 25 years old and still worked well without any leaks.
|Love the bigger space and bright sunlight streaming in!|
And this is after. The natural light that floods the space is great! Oh, and notice the old lath? Well, when we jacked up the first floor to make it level, all the plaster cracked and had to be removed.
|Bathroom - Before (attic space)|
And here is the rest of the space. Nice change, don't you think?
Oh, and the hole in the ceiling? Well, we discovered a pie tin up there that was catching drips from a badly flashed 'stink pipe' (plumbing vent). Our roofer fixed it for us in and the pie tin is now history.
So, we didn't add a dormer or make any major structural changes - but by removing walls, reclaiming lots of unused attic space and by adding skylights - we have made it a big, bright usable space. We need to finish electrical and plumbing and then on to drywall.
Nice change, don't you think?