I mentioned a couple of posts back that we are in the middle of all kinds of projects over here. Fun things, to be sure. I absolutely love home projects, and this particular one is our biggest and my favorite to date.
When we started looking for a home last summer, we had a list of "Needs" and a list of "Wants". The item on the top of our Wants List was a bunk room, or at least a room large enough to build a bunk room. We have wanted so badly to share our new beautiful surroundings with friends and family, and to be able to offer a place for vacationers to come and stay, rather than trying to find lodging during ski season.
When the purchase of this house went through, we knew exactly which room would be perfect for those bunks: an extra large bedroom that the previous owners' had been using as a weight room.
I hunted all over Pinterest and houzz.com for bunk room inspiration and started imagining lay-outs for the room. Everything John and I liked seemed to have a rustic feel to it.
We decided on a western theme, rather than a ski lodge theme, to celebrate the rich ranching history in and around Steamboat Springs. John started sketching and building a small model of triple bunks out of cardboard. (Have I mentioned that I am married to an engineer?)
Soon we had a load of lumber delivered and the sawing and painting and staining began. John framed out the bunks and then painted the underneath side of each piece of plywood that the mattresses would set on, as well as two sections on the ceiling.
Next, John cut and stained panels of wood for the surrounding walls of the bunks to enhance the western theme. I love all of the dark wood!
The project was started in the hopes that we would have guests come and stay with us some time this year. Then we got a couple of calls, and now we're having our first bunk room guest next month! So, more wood to cut and stain, mattresses to get, bedding to pick out, a queen-sized bed to build, and a guest bath to prepare.
Fun things, to be sure!