DIY: Building A Secret Attic Playroom – Part 1

My friend Dave is awesome. He and his wife decided to build a secret playroom for their girls in the attic of their house…

…I had to get in on this project, of course!

Here is a quick work-in-progress video Dave and I made last week:


As Dave mentions in the video, the house is over 100 years old and has been built and modified several times. So, nothing is level or square. So, much of the early work has involved sistering new boards to the old beams to level everything out. I know from hard experience that drywall and uneven walls do not mix.

The plans for the room have evolved as we built the walls. We added a recessed bench on one side and will be adding a built-in shelf unit on the opposite wall. There is also now a wall with a door between the new room and the pulldown attic stairs.

Dave bought some tongue-and-groove reclaimed barn wood to use for the floor (how awesome is that?) That will be one of the last things to go in.

What do you think of the work so far?

Check out the Secret Attic Playroom videos here!

Andrew Seltz

Andrew was born in Michigan, raised there and in Tennessee, and has since lived outside Orlando, in Chicago, New York City, and now Birmingham, Alabama. He produces videos and websites for a living and is married to a beautiful, generous, loving woman who also happens to be a talented actress and writer - They have two daughters.

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