The second floor hall has an open staircase leading to a large, third floor space that saw several uses over time.
The inside of the eyebrow dormer facing the street is just above eye level.
Exposed timbers are structural; the very framework of the house. I apologize if that is remedial, but we did have a drywall crew in here who needed constant guidance that those aren't supposed to be covered. (And to please stop marking them with pencil!)
Yes, that's our TV, in case you've been wondering if we had one. We did have another TV in the basement (which is also finished) but once the upper levels were done we realized we seldom went down there. Having movies once in a while in an out-of-the-way place made it a special occasion for the kids. We didn't want it to dominate or infringe on our lifestyle.
Here they are watching Millions. (Highly recommend!)
This was an ideal slumber party room. Sleeping bags were spread out on the floor, and I brought up popcorn and oatmeal raisin cookies. I could hear muffled laughter from my room below so I always felt the kids were supervised or could ask if they needed something.
The carpet is a flat industrial grade weave in a marled mix. It's easy to vaccuum and to roll over with a desk chair.
My desk was on the opposite wall under a skylight, with another table not far away to lay out things in progress.
When packing this was one of the last spaces to be cleared as I wanted to wrap up a few lingering memory keeping ideas.
At one time Paul had his drafting table and office up here. Just try to keep the kids away! (Well, we actually didn't want to try very hard.)
At that time the opposite end of the room was used for works of any creative nature; drawing colorful houses was (and is) a favorite. Above, the kids and I were making homemade gift wrap with potato stamps. The second floor laundry sink wasn't far for rinsing paint brushes.
Sometimes guests slept on inflatable mattresses up here. There was talk of adding a couple of armoires to use it as a bedroom. We appreciated the flexiblity depending on our famly's changing needs.