Because our house was divided into two units, we had kitchens on the first floor and second floor, so we decided to renovate one floor at a time. We worked on the first floor first and lived completely on the second floor. We finished the first floor in December. I'll post photos of that later. When we found out we were pregnant, with the support of our family, we decided to tackle the second floor so we could get rid of all the nasty 100 year-old plaster and lathe and the many layers of paint and flooring. Joe and I are now living completely on our first floor, with our bed in our den. We have a trap door separating our first floor from the second floor. Our room and the baby's room will be done in a few weeks.
My dad build us a set of beautiful stairs made of steel, powder-coated in a dark grey colour, with thick walnut treads. My dad is amazing...
Left: Removing the original stairs
Centre: Our new stairs, covered with plywood until our renos are complete. Note the fabulous hand rail!
Right: The walnut treads of stairs seen from above.
Right: The original hallway. Note the lower ceilings
Left: Our new hallway. We lifted the ceiling to the original height and moved all the walls. The openings at the top of the walls are going to be fitted with transom windows. Because the house is a row house, attached on either side, and we face north-south, these transom windows allow light to pass between the bedrooms.
Bottom: The original master bedroom. Note the sticky tile stuck directly to the original hardwood, ruining it.
Top: The new bedroom, a bit larger, with a few more feet of ceiling height. The window you can see is going to be replaced with an awning window that is a big bigger than the one shown here.
Reverse angle of new master bedroom.
Right: The original middle bedroom. Yuck! Look at that weird closet!
Left: New bedroom that will be the baby's room.
The view towards the back of the second floor. We're going to tackle that later this year. We're doubling the size of the washroom and the very back room will be our third bedroom.