Google+ House Revivals: The Beach House Gets a Sleeping Loft

Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Beach House Gets a Sleeping Loft

We're doing it!  We're adding the sleeping loft we talked about in this post. One of our guest bedrooms has a cathedral ceiling, and shared part of one wall with a little attic space, like I shared in this diagram.

This guest bedroom started out life as a workshop attached to a garage; then, a former owner of the house converting the garage and workshop in bedrooms.   When we bought the house last fall, we knew we wanted to keep the bedrooms, but we tweaked the floorplan a bit and made a few other changes.

 Here is how the room looked while the house was up on cribbing.

One BIG change we made was to lift the house nine feet to recapture a view lost to a growing sand dune!

old view (holding the camera over my head)

new view

This is how this guest room looked the first time we saw it.  It had suspended fluorescent lights, with exposed conduit, a concrete floor, a door leading to the driveway, and it was piled with moldy insulation.

The room was about twenty feet long, but felt oppressively narrow.  By playing around with the floor plan, we were able to correct the room's proportions, like I talked about here.

This is how the space looked a week ago.  We took down the wall that separated the bedroom from the little attic storage space, to create a sleeping loft attached to the bedroom.  The space can now function as a "family suite"!

And here is a concept for the finished space.

Let's look at the "before" again!

And now, the "after".

What do you think?  Pretty big change?

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  1. This is so amazing, i am so jealous of your beautiful beach view.. it is going to look so fantastic!!!!

  2. Looking great! I'm so excited to see the final product!

  3. I'm loving being able to watch this transformation. The loft suite is a great idea - with grandchildren on the way you will use it and use it and use it and always pat yourselves on the back for being clever enough to build it!

  4. I love the concept for the finished space. Would love to cuddle up on that window seat with a good summer read!

  5. You are one talented lady. Your plans are amazing and I just love what you are doing with everything. Wanna come and help me finish mine?

  6. Oh, that will be a fabulous! I can't wait to see what it looks like fully complete!

  7. love the large window and window seat ... now who wouldn't want to be up in that loft, glancing through the skylight at the night stars!!!

  8. I have to admit, I wasn't following your vision for this space until now. It's all laid out so easy to understand and it is GORGEOUS! I having been following/lurking for some time now and can't wait to see it all finished.

    PS. can ANY family stay here or does it have to be YOUR family?

  9. It's gonna be great, Amanda!!! I bet there will be fights over who gets to sleep in the loft!!!
    The view is fabulous!!!

  10. Amazing what you can do with a little money and a lot of ingenuity. Congratulations, looks pleasant and livable. Ann

  11. Ok, again, wow. That seems to be the only adjective I can muster when watching this transformation. Like Pondie said, with the grandkids coming, the whole room and loft concept is great!
    Tina @ Life is Good

  12. This is so clever! Instead of fighting nature you're working with it. Making the attic loft was ingenius! Did you think of the idea or did your architect think of it? I'm assuming with such clever plans you have an architect working with you. I found you on my google+. What's funny is that I don't remember seeing your blog before tonight.


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