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Our house is 1,200 square feet. We have three bedrooms and none of them are a good size and they all have awkward structures to them (large doorways, windows in the middle of walls, the L shaped because a closet from the other side is sticking into it etc. You don’t realize how bad it is laid out until you are struggling with furniture.
Anyway, the lay out CURRENTLY
1st Bedroom – office- has two computers, vanity for makeup (doesn’t fit in our room), tv
2nd Bedroom – Our bedroom – queen sized bed, 1 chest of drawers, 1 gaint armoir
3rd Bedroom – Guest room – two twin beds, 1 night stand (nothing else will fit in here). Guest room
I’m preggers and we are trying to figure out where to put baby stuff. We thought about not having a nursey but our rooms are so small and so filled with furniture already that its hard to even think of getting a co-sleeper because it takes up ALL the left over walk way.
I feel like I should mention that we have my jewerly box in the dinning room with a blanket chest and a linen cabinet in the living room because we have NO WHERE to put these things.
Anyway, I was looking on pin interest and I saw some guest rooms in unfinished attics that looked kind of cool. I was thinking about moving my guest room into my attic but I have drop down stairs… Thoughts? Has anyone else done this? My stupid cats tend to go up the stairs if they are left down and I don’t want them jumping all through the fiberglass insulation….
Would this be a weird thing to do? Trying to figure out how to make baby work…
Post # 3
You can totally do it and it will add some extra functional space! Just keep in mind, when adding “another story” to your house, you can get in sticky situations with permits and whatnot.
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aliavenue: I wasn’t thinking about rennovating, just sticking two twin beds and the night stand up there. We plan on moving out in a year after we pay off my school debt. So its an unfinished attic. Not sure we would change the drop stairs… And the city I live in- well it would be weird to be in a house that didn’t violate city codes in some way or another. Its a very old city and the city is really lax on that.
Post # 5
Sure. How often do most people have guests anyway?
Post # 6
Does the attic have heat/ac?
Post # 7
@LGenz: Currently the only thing we have is a fan that sucks the heat out. I think cold isn’t so bad because we have tons of really heavy blankets, but yeah the lack of A/C might be an issue. Cuz it does get hot…
Post # 8
Attics work usually quite well for storage…
Not so much as “alternative” rooms… because beyond the requirement for permits and such… there is the whole extensive amount of work that is required to make the space liveable.
I agree with others, you need to figure out another spot for the baby… such as repurposing one of the bedrooms that you currently have (altho to be honest, we did keep our babies in our MBedroom the first few months… they were tucked into a cradle). It isn’t for everyone, but as a New Mom, it certainly gave me some peace of mind.
Hope this helps,
PS… If you live in an older house… you need to have someone come in and tell you if there is asbestos at all in your attic (before the baby comes). It can greatly effect the quality of air in your home (asbestos isn’t a BIG problem as long as it isn’t disturbed / moved). Likewise, I’d keep the cats out of the attic… not only because of the asbestos, but also because it could very well look like a giant litterbox for them… and THAT would be the LAST THING you need to contend with !!
Post # 9
Just be very careful with weight loads and how you put in the subfloor up there (if you don’t have a subfloor up there alerady). First house we looked at about 20-30 different houses and I remember the one where they put the master bedroom in the attic space. The floor creaked constantly, the area bowed, and I was worried the entire time we were up there that we would fall through the floor. I would recommend having a contractor come out there to evaluate it and give you a ballpark number and hopefully also talk you through what they would need to do at the same time to give you an idea of how much is involved/if it’s worth it.
Post # 10
Your attic may not be made to support heavy furniture, and you’d probably want to add insulation to the roof if the floor is insulated. Attics typically work well with storage. As a guest in a strange house the lat thing you want to do is stay in an atic and have to go get a cup of water at night and fumble with drop down staris. Would you want to sleep on the attic?
Post # 11
LittleCricket& Captain013 : There is a sub floor up there. Its made out of those really old thick floor boards- like back in the day when it was made out of solid wood when 2x4s were actually true to size. When I moved in the old owner left several heavy pieces of bedroom furniture up there. Dressers from the 1920s that were made out of pegs instead of glue or nails. I kept them, they are awesome. But anyway, I know the floor can support a heck of a lot of weight. So I’m not worried about that.
@This Time Round: The only insulation that was up there was old newspapers. Which was fairly common in the 50s. I added fiberglass. There is no asbestos, I had the house inspected when I bought it.
@LittleCricket: Yes, I am concerned about the ladder. I think its my biggest concern with even considering this option. My Aunts which are in their 50s and early 60s said they would do whatever. My one Aunt suggested I get bunk beds for the guest room so maybe I could use it as an office/guest room. But there wouldn’t be any walking space if I did that. Anyway, I asked her wouldn’t it be hard for her to get up and down? And she said she would do it and I should stop worrying about her comfort as our family is the go with the flow sort.I *think* going up a ladder to the attic would be easier than a bunk bed. :/ I totally get this isn’t a great idea… I just don’t know if I can come up with better ones.
NONE of my family live in town. Everyone is 2-7 hours away from me. Normally I drive to visit everyone else and no one drives to see me (unless its a big event- graduation, wedding etc)- and this is purely because of financial reasons. They don’t typically have the gas money. But I know they will make it work to come see the baby and I won’t be able to travel right after the kid is born… so I’m really afraid to get rid of the guest bedroom entirely. 🙁 This is very frustrating and confusing. I’m having a hard time thinking of better options. Its hard to make our rooms multi-purpose because they are so dang small.
Post # 12
@JaneDomani: Do you have sleeper sofas (I might have missed that) or could you use the twin beds as day beds in place of sofas? Your guests wouldn’t have a ton of privacy that way, but they’d have a place to sleep. Or even taking one twin bed out and making it a combo nursery/guestroom where when guests come, you can keep the baby in a pack and play in your room (which will suck for moving but you can make it work if it’s only when guests are there). Or your second twin bed could be one of those portable guest beds that folds up and can be brought into the office if need be?
Or you could try and figure out a different situation for whatever is in the armoir and keep the baby in your room, with a changing pad on top of the dresser instead of a changing table.
You could try putting the makeup stuff on your dresser and putting the vanity in the attic for now, and then putting the baby in there, but then you’d not get any work done while your baby’s sleeping.
Post # 13
@JaneDomani: Ignore me about the floor then. They’re built sturdier than the new stuff. 😀
I don’t know though. Depending on the size of the attic, it might be better in the short term to move the office upstairs and move the twin beds into the old office with the vanity. If that’s something that works in the long term, maybe a more permanent finish-out of the attic could be achieved with drywall and paint and then the opening for the drop down stairs could (at a later date) be enlarged for something a bit more sturdy (I’m assuming you have the collapsible drop down steps as opposed to something like this: http://www.houzz.com/attic-stair that could stay lowered for longer amounts of time).
Post # 14
I like the idea of rearranging furniture to put the baby in the master or guest. Also, bunking would be ok and you would have more floor space. I would rather sleep on a cot on the floor, on the couch, or climb into a bunk bed that is in a room than to go up to the attic that was not built to be a bedroom. I think for your family’s safety if you aren’t going to actually renovate the attic, don’t randomly have people stay up there. There are rules and regulations for a reason. What if there is a fire? What if aunt has an emergency and needs help from the paramedics? When folks come to stay they know your living situation and won’t mind adjusting to whatever they need to adjust to, just make sure it is safe. 🙂
Post # 15
I agree with PP that it wouldn’t be safe to put furniture in an attic for actual use. Asbestos, insulation, etc,
Why not get rid of the two twin beds, put the crib in there, and get a day bed like the Hemnes one from IKEA? It extends to become a full-size bed. If you don’t want your guests bunking with your baby, you can sleep there, or just put them in a pack & play in your room when you have people over.
You can always take out the closets in your other bedrooms (office, guest) and use IKEA wardrobes. It’s likely if your home is older that the closets were added after anyways. That would make it easier to rearrange. Or, put things in storage/get rid of things. 1200 sq ft is a good amount of space for 2 people + baby.
Post # 16
You said the office has 2 computers, lap tops or desk tops? Maybe you could bring one or both (if lap tops) into the living room and store them on a side table or coffee table when not in use and turn the office into a baby’s room. You mention a vanity and large closet, why does one need a vanity? If space is an issue, can you just do makeup in the bathroom or bedroom and get rid of the vanity? What about that large closet that causes a room to be L shaped, can you move some other storage in their in order to find a room for the computers elsewhere. I think your best bet is to leave the guest room as is but try and turn the office into the baby’S room. If you don’T actually use both computers daily, maybe moving one of those upt o the attic is better. In case of a fire or other emergency, I don’t think it would be safe to have people sleeping in the attic with pull down stairs.