Building a Non Load Bearing Wall
I’m so excited to share the next phase of the loft renovation!! I built a wall y’all!!!! Like just me, all by myself! Haha! Building a Non Load Bearing Wall divided and created a whole new bedroom and much needed storage upstairs in our farmhouse loft!
In the first phase of this renovation I refinished the floors, exposed the chimney, caulked, painted, and added moulding.
You can see all those details and the before of this space HERE!
Below are pictures of the loft before I built the wall.
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Why Build a Wall?
I had quite a few people on Instagram confused as to why I would want to build a wall that would essentially make this big open room smaller. This is a valid question with a really simple answer. We weren’t using the space as it was before. Our upstairs consists of 2 other bedrooms, and then this open area at the top of the stairs.
We talked about making it an entertainment area or game room, but realistically neither of us thought we’d actually use it. Plus we have plans for something like that in the barn loft 😉 The other uses we discussed such as an office or guest room really called for the privacy a wall would provide since you have to walk through this room from the others upstairs.
Adding a wall to make this room a proper bedroom with a big walk in closet (yay for storage in an old home!) really makes the most sense and function out of this space. And I couldn’t be happier about the outcome!
Building the Wall Video
Check out the video above for all the details and explanation of me building the wall!
And below are some photos of what the wall looked like after it was framed out. This was my very first time framing out a wall. Of course it was a bit tricky because the walls aren’t level or square, but I figured out how to make it work! I think the hardest part was just getting started aka screwing that first 2×4 to the floor lol!
Building a Non Load Bearing Wall
I’m honestly not sure if I’ve ever been more proud of a project, because I was truly intimidated by attempting this on my own. Awhile back I think I finally fully realized that if I want to get this house done I’m going to have to push myself out of my comfort zone and do a lot more on my own. What I have found is that I can do way more than I would have thought possible. This house has been a place of growth for me in every way imaginable. One of the biggest blessings that has come from it is the hope that I can inspire other women along the way.
Next up Ill be covering one side of the wall with reclaimed beadboard and the other with drywall and wallpaper!
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Great Job! So satisfying to improve things in our homes and to do it ourselves gives a great sense pf accomplishment!
Great job!! I noticed you have a register in the floor of the closet- is that getting moved? Can’t wait to see how it all looks when you’re done- you are inspirational!!😊
Girl you ROCK!!! Thanks for the inspiration!! You are doing an amazing job! Merry Christmas too🎄🎄🎄
Thank you SO much!! It’s coming together! I can’t wait to check another room of the to do list! 😉 Merry Christmas!!!
Thanks so much Mia! It’s actually just a through register for ventilation between downstairs and up. No ductwork runs to it, it’s essentially just a hole for airflow ❤️
Good idea- i live in a 100 year old house- the closets are essentially just walls slapped up against load bearing walls & i fight stuffy odors a lot!
It’s true! We have ONE closet downstairs and it’s under the staircase. Upstairs we have 2 very small ones and one is filled with our heater for the upstairs. So this will really be a game changer!
Love watching daily! I’m looking for the wallpaper that you hung on your new wall….
Hi Tracy! I just posted all about it!