The project we are currently working on is set over three floors. Having taken most of the rooms back to the bare walls, we decided to place some focus at the top of the cottage and work our way down. Before we started work on this house, the top floor was split into two bedrooms. A large second bedroom that was definitely classed as a comfortable double, and a very small third bedroom. Which would even make some of the standard box rooms you find in modern houses feel large. We definitely wanted to make this cottage a comfortable three bedroomed home. That meant tweaking the floor plan ever so slightly on the top floor.
We had already decided to get rid of the ceiling to expose the beautiful beams that were hidden in the loft space. Meaning that we were gaining a huge advantage of height. So essentially we just needed to move the middle wall to create a larger floor space in the third bedroom.
The line you see is where the wall use to be.
The beams and elevated ceiling, in the raw state. We have since insulated and fitted some plaster board.
The exposed chimney.
The new wall starts at the top of the apex, so as you can see there isn’t that match taken away from bedroom two, but it will make a huge difference to bedroom three.
At the moment we have done a fair bit to the top floor. The ceiling has gone and the insulation is in mostly. The plasterboard has started to be fitted and the wall is built and just needs finishing. I decided that the brickwork should be exposed on the chimney breast and I certainly think it will make a lovely feature to the second bedroom.
Right now we just need to finish the wall and then put in the two new door frames. We are keeping the original doors as I definitely think they add character. A lot of our time has been focused on finishing these two bedrooms so that we are ready for plaster. We’ll then be moving down to the middle floor where the focus will be on the master bedroom and bathroom.
I do think that making the third bedroom that little bit bigger will make it a more versatile space for a family. Allowing that third bedroom to house a single bed comfortably or even a bunk or raised bed space for added storage. We haven’t lost too much off the second bedroom and it will still be a double bedroom. Plus the views from this floor are simply stunning at the front and the back. Whoever sleeps in these two bedrooms are lucky.
The new wall did mean that all of this wood needed to get to the top floor, and with a small and narrow staircase to contend with, there was no chance it was going up the stairs.
So it involved me at the window on the top floor and my husband passing me wood from this ladder, in the middle of a storm. But we got it all up there.
This is the wall progress…
Hopefully I will have another update on the top floor very soon.
Mrs Let’s Flip A Home