Second floor makeover: Getting it done

Despite my lack of posting lately, we really are working on some big projects around the house.  For example, we are finishing off the rest of our house, which means finishing two bedrooms upstairs.  When we moved in more than 3 years ago, our second floor was completely unfinished.  Slowly we’ve been chipping away at the project.  More than a year ago we finished our master bedroom and bathroom, and now that we’ve started the last two rooms, the end is in sight!

At the top of our stairs right now, there is a secret door…

When you turn to the right of our stairs, you can see through to the master bedroom…

Behind the secret door there is a total construction zone.  But someday soon, that door will totally disappear, and the hallway will continue down to the wall indicated below.  You might be able to make out the plans here (it’s confusing given that there are currently see-through walls!).

Hiding behind existing walls are two hallway closets.  Once the secret door is torn down and the drywall is adjusted, it will be much easier to show you!

As you can see, we have made some progress.  We DIY insulated almost two years ago (when we moved in there was ZERO insulation upstairs, which was not so hot for our heating bill).  We’ve also had our electrician and plumbing friends here to help get the lights and heating ready.

Here is one view of the large bedroom (we love all the natural light!)…

…and then the room wraps around into an L shape with a little nook…

Over across the hall we have the second bedroom, which might function more as an office…

While you know we always love to DIY as much as possible, Chris and I agreed to bring in the professionals on most aspects of this job.  Let’s just say that our patience for large-scale drywalling probably wouldn’t achieve the most professional results.  Luckily we’ve found great resources through friends that we’ve met here in Maine and all of the guys who help us are super nice, flexible and willing to work around our schedule and budget timeline.  Love that.

Once the drywall is up, Chris and I will be handling the painting on our own.  We can’t wait to keep you posted as it all comes together!

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