Upstairs Remodel: Turning our loft into a bedroom (The final product)

We decided to convert our loft into a 4th bedroom with double pocket doors.  We wanted a 4th bedroom for a few reasons 1. we didn’t want to completely lose the open space feeling the loft gave our upstairs 2. wanted a private room for our frequent guests (grandmas/grandpas) 3. figured a 4 bedroom would rent better when we ultimately moved out and rented the place out.  You can read more about the details and see more before pictures HERE.

The last update I made on converting the loft into a 4th bedroom was on replacing the carpet with wood floors.

Here is a quick look through the different stages of this loft conversion:

The before video:

 

The framing:

We hired out the framing/drywalling for this job.  JG was deployed at the time and we knew we’d be moving shortly after his return so expediting things was in our best interest.  I loved watching the contractor work and enjoyed picking his brain to try and learn why and how he did things certain ways.

We used these monster 36″ hollow core doors from Lowe’s.  We went with Lowe’s pre-framed pocket door and hardware kit from Lowe’s.  If we hadn’t been on a time crunch I’d probably lean towards DIYing the framing.

Below is the framing/drywall all finished up from the inside of the room.  While doing this job we also had the contractor put up wall framing/drywall to split the nursery/The Boy’s GIANT closet into two closets (making the loft into a real bedroom with a closet).  I’ll save the closet remodel for another post.

The Floors:

Installing the floors upstairs was a messy time in our lives, dust and tools EVERYWHERE, we were so happy to finally finish the floors!  I cannot say enough how much I love these floors.

 

After installing the floors I replaced all the baseboards with wood 5″ baseboards from Lumber Liquidators.  When we did the downstairs baseboards we used 5″ MDF boards from Home Depot, but for the upstairs Lumber Liquidators price matched Home Depot’s MDF baseboards to their wood baseboards, so we switched over to real wood baseboards for the entire upstairs.  You can read our tutorial for installing baseboards HERE.  For the upstairs we didn’t have to use any quarter round/shoe moulding to hide mistakes.

The door/window trim is all very simple, I used a combination of  1×2, 1×4, 1×6 boards for everything.  I was trying to copy a craftsman look.

 

 

 

Part of what made this room addition possible is that the loft was already set up to be a 4th bedroom.  The biggies on making this a legal bedroom were the egress windows, fire alarm, sprinkler system, wiring for a light, and closet.  If you’re thinking about adding an extra room to your house make sure to research what makes a legal room in your area (this house is in Washington State).

The window storage bench at the end of the hallway will be another post!  It’s one of the first projects we tackled when JG returned from Kuwait.

 

 

 

This room is painted Behr Smokey Blue, the same as the downstairs powder room and pantry .  The baseboards and trim are Behr Ultra Pure White, and the hallway area is Behr Manhattan mist

To read more about the Loft Conversion/upstairs remodel:

Part 1: The Plan for the Upstairs

Part 2: Creating a 4th Bedroom out of a loft

Part 3: The Floors

Part 4: This is the room the loft shares a closet with- The Nursery

Part 5:  The staircase makeover