Google+ House Revivals: Sleeping Lofts and Beach House Dreaming

Monday, April 25, 2011

Sleeping Lofts and Beach House Dreaming

In the last post about our beach house remodel, I shared a picture of our second guest bedroom, as well as an adjacent attic space.  A few of you successfully guessed our plans for the space.  We want to add a loft to that bedroom, so that it will sleep more people.  Of course, if you count raising the house as "phase one" of our remodel, and remodeling the garage wing and kitchen as "phase two", adding this loft falls somewhere around "phase 37" in the scheme of things -- but it's fun to dream, and plan, and prepare....

Here are a few sleeping loft images we've collected for inspiration.   I love this first image of a boathouse sleeping loft.

This loft has several bunks, and plenty of headroom.

The nautical detailing on this 2004 Southern Accents Watersound Beach Showhouse is striking.  the design is by Suzanne Kasler.

This darling little sleeping loft in an outbuilding in the Catskills is pure fantasy.

How about this fun design for a kid's room?  I like the pipe rails.
Growing Up Stylish contemporary kids

Growing Up Stylish tropical bedroom
Growing Up Stylish contemporary kids

This space is very modern, but still feels warm and inviting.
Feldman Architecture modern bedroom

Okay, this loft space is quite a bit larger than ours, but I just loved the cheery colors juxtaposed against the steel framework of the space.
CCS ARCHITECTURE modern family room

The partitions and curtains in this sleeping loft give a sense of privacy.
Bunk Room eclectic kids

For a reminder, here is the bedroom we want to add a loft to....

... and here is part of the adjacent attic space we want to convert to a loft space, accessed from the bedroom.
How to do it?

We can open up the wall between the two spaces.  This is a load bearing wall, so we will need to transfer that load to the wall and I-beam below.  This can be done by using headers and columns, or possibly by just using columns, if they are placed under each of the existing roof beams. We'll have our structural engineer weigh in on this, for peace of mind.

Can you see it?

Here is a quick little diagram showing the space configuration.

Now, can you see it?

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  1. I can see it! This is a wonderful idea. I love how you raised your house. This is very exciting to follow along. We considered raising ours a few years back but decided against it, because of the cost. We did build a sunroom on the back of the house, off the master bedroom, to accentuate the great view, which we lost some of when the city put concrete up over the seawall of rocks to form a promenade.

  2. I love sleeping lofts!!!! I have a ton of pictures I have collected for some day...of course I call them cousin rooms because I love the idea of all my grandchildren...which I don't have yet...giggling into the night together...lofts just look like happy memories.

  3. Love your pics of "dream lofts". We are hoping to build on the lake someday & have some of that in mind... Thanks for sharing them.
    I couldn't picture your space before you put that diagrahm up... this has been/is fun to watch.

  4. I can see it perfectly now! You are the queen of illustrations!!! The loft should be fun to design!

  5. Such cute rooms! The wheels in your head turn at super speed!

  6. Wow - what a project you have going! Can't wait to see it come along. Your loft inspiration photos are fabulous. :O)

  7. these look so fun! I would love to have a loft or an attic.....

  8. WOW...this will be perfect! I'll be watching this happen!!

  9. Oh have the vision! I can't wait!
    All Things Heart and Home

  10. We have a little loft too, it is doing nothing at the moment. One day I want to do something with it. Thanks for the inspiration.

  11. Love all the inspiration pictures!

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  13. Oooooo, love this idea! And so many fabulous inspirations. I would love something like this in my house... someday! lol
    Thanks for linking up!

  14. Great inspirations. Can't wait for the big reveal of your project. Thanks for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joining in on the fun!

  15. So many beautiful inspirations! I was particularly captivated by the way style and space were maximized in the two photos with multiple bunks.

    I can't wait to see what you guys decide!

    Thank you so much for being a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17.


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