DIY: Building A Secret Attic Playroom – Part 2

Dave’s attic playroom project is coming along well. We’ve recorded a video update of the progress so far.

New work shown in this update includes chimney brick repair, the ladder for the secret entrance, radiant barriers, new electrical wiring, and more.


I spent most of my time working on the electrical work. The previous overhead light wiring was very poorly done, so I removed it all and started from scratch. I installed a new junction box to separate the lights from the rest of the attic wiring. I also included a 3-way switch to allow the overhead lights to be controlled from the main door and the secret entrance.

Dave’s neighbor is an electrician and he stopped by to run a new wire up from the breaker box in the basement. That will connect to the wall outlets and provide a dedicated circuit for the electronics in the room.

If it wasn’t already obvious that Dave is totally mad, the fact that he installed the skylight without any help should clear up any confusion. It is a testament to the excellent design on the Velux Venting Skylight that a first-timer got it installed fast and without leaks. We had a heavy rain the night Dave installed this and not one drop of water came in.

There is plenty of work left, but the changes will be pretty dramatic because drywall is next!

More updates coming soon…

Check out the Secret Attic Playroom video 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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