There’s just one space left to reveal now from the loft extension. You guys will have seen the open plan landing/office below with the staircase leading onwards and upwards to our new second floor.
But what you may not have worked out just yet is how it all connects together. Designing individual rooms can be tough, but designing rooms and spaces that connect with one another, not just physically but aesthetically, that’s a real challenge. Especially transitional spaces like hallways and landings where walls and levels connect over several floors. How do you make these work?
This is the view standing at the bottom of the staircase. Remember i’m in my office here too. The element of shared space which works so well here, the office enhancing the staircase and vice versa.
Here is the floor plan of the second floor. I saw the landing as another room in itself. They’re often neglected spaces, quite narrow and can be dark. I didn’t want any of these things to be the case. Our second floor landing needed to be a fully functioning second hallway welcoming you to the new second floor. Not an afterthought.
All the walls and ceilings from first floor landing to second floor were painted in Dulux’s Diamond Matt in white from their Light and Space range. It’s a magical paint as it comes up clean with just a quick wipe and it doesn’t budge at all, no matter how hard you scrub. Brilliant stuff. By keeping the walls the same colour as the floor below, it’s really helped with the “flow” of the spaces.
The loft bedroom is a guest room (yes, I know, everyone thinks we ‘re mad), so I wanted somewhere for people to hang their coats, store bags and shoes in an attempt to prevent our main entrance hall from looking like a lost property closet. Honestly, my olds don’t travel light and within 23 seconds of their arrival, our hallway is a dump. Well, they can bloody well carry their stuff up here now, thank you very much.
We went with boxed in plasterwork again instead of spindles to define the space, like a half height wall. Suitcases, bags and shoes can all be plonked down here without taking up room in the boudoir and still be kept out of sight from the floor below.
A single piece of artwork hangs in this space, ‘Abyss of the Disheartened’ by Heather Landis. It doesn’t really need anything else. You can read all about this piece from Society 6 over here.
I just love how it’s framed by the bedroom door. It’s the first thing you see when you step out of the room. Unless the cat’s there, then she’s first, artwork second.
Yes, that’s been continued on from the bedroom so the spaces feel as one. As we leave the bedroom door open most of the time the overall space appears larger. All thanks to the continuity in the flooring.
Oh and by the way, it’s poplar plywood sheets, cut up into wide plank boards, adhered to the subfloor, sanded then sealed. We absolutely love it. The grain and markings are beautiful. If you’d like to read about how we did it, have a squizz over here.
Here’s the view into the bedroom, which you’ve probably seen before. Note the light switches from Dowsing & Reynolds. Love ’em.
And here I am looking down the landing into the bathroom. The pocket door stays open pretty much all the time, so the landing gets light from both aspects.
My old trusty Ikea PS cabinet which has been moved from house to house and room to room, now lives on the new landing. It stores our bathroom gubbins, towels and cleaning stuff. Oh and the wireless printer too, which is super handy for the office space below and means I have to actually move my butt to get a print out.
We had more storage built into the eaves, using the remains of our birch plywood from the bedroom sliding doors. This is where I stash all my paint pots, work stuff, styling bits. And the vacuum. You definitely need somewhere to store one on your second floor. I absolutely hate carrying my Henry up one flight of stairs, never mind two. Aint nobody got time for that.
Honestly, Chooch won’t leave me alone when i’m taking photos. I think she thinks my camera is some kind of cat food.
The hanging rails along the landing are actually two Ikea Falsterbo kitchen rails. They’ve got a little ledge above so perfect for displaying pics, postcards and house rules.
Another Ikea addition, the Hektar clip on lamp which shines some light into the eaves storage when needed. It can be left on overnight too so guests are not fumbling around trying to work out where the switches are when they need the loo.
We worked really hard to connect the flooring into the staircase here. As soon as the birch ply ends, the poplar ply begins. No threshhold, no trim, just a melange of plywood. These are the kind of details that make me really smile.
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So there’s the loft landing. I didn’t think it was possible to do a final reveal of a “common part”. But this little space has been a real treat to finish off. A Bruce-y bonus. So, apart from the handrail, which is still to be fitted, you’ve seen it all. I really hope you like what we’ve done with each space. Even though we’ve only gained a bedroom and bathroom, it feels like we’ve added so much more to our home. Whad’ya think peeps?