Thursday, 21 July 2016

Attic finished!

A few weekends ago we ordered the flooring to board out the attic. The delivery driver was great, as when I asked him to get it as close to the house as possible be quite literally did! Unfortunately OH and I then had forty sheets of flooring to carry upstairs, then up the ladder into the loft 😓. I don't know if you have spent much time in your attic, but whatever temperature it is outside, times it by two when you get up there, it was sweaty, horrible work. I just had to imagine the end result to keep me going. It's a huge area, and the usable size basically gives us a third floor. 
The photos below are work in progress. OH took out all the insulation and put in timber to raise the height of the floor. If we hadn't raised it we wouldn't have been able to get all the insulation under the new flooring. 

And here's the after. Woohoo - loads of room for all the boxes we haven't yet unpacked, seasonal things (xmas decorations, Easter bits and pieces etc), presents. We also have empty boxes for things we want to keep. We've moved quite a few times, and it's been so handy keeping things like original computer boxes. They have all the moulded packing bits inside that pretty much guarantee it gets there in one piece. It's also handy to keep boxes from toys as you get a better price if you sell them in their original packaging. 

It's a bit of a pain having to climb over the timbers going across, but once the structural engineer has had a look we are hoping we can take them out. We've never had an attic where you can actually stand up full height before and it's a great usable space. 
You may notice in the background of the photo below some toys. We have kept one part of the attic separate, and it's going to be for playing with scalextric or whatever else OH and the little people want to set up. It's ideal as they can set it up and not have to tidy it away at the end of the day like they've had to when playing with it in the lounge. I was a little bit worried though about Little Boy not paying attention where he was going, and disappearing down the loft hatch. I asked OH if he could make some sort of rail around it to make it safer but he came up with something better. He's fixed three sheets of board into a u-shape that slides around the hatch. It's heavy enough to make it child safe, but also means when we need more access to get some thing bigger up/down we just slide it back out of the way. He's clever my hubby!

Only problem now is Little Boy keeps wanting to play up in the attic. The hot weather we've been having at the moment means there is no way I'm cooking up there I'm afraid. I think a velux window would be a good idea, but OH doesn't seem so keen (he's probably just thinking of how much it would cost!). 

I've got one more post to do then I'm up to date. Little Boy is off sick today, pain in the bum as I only have two more days of freedom before the school holidays, but can't be helped. So I've been sat on my bum in the lounge all day keeping an eye on him. I popped out to the kitchen briefly before to put the kettle on, and he decided then was the time to be sick. So teddy, pillow case and sheet are now hanging on the line. At least I have time to get up to date on writing my blog, and reading other people's!


  1. County would of got it closer than that lol

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  2. No they wouldn't - they were stock taking on the day we wanted it so couldn't deliver at all ;-)