Posted by Michael McGowan
Molly the Westie found out she was going to be a big sister to a little human so I decided to build her a room of her own under the stairs before the baby arrived.
Nothing existed there before, it was walled-in. I wasn’t sure how big the space was, or if it would even be possible, so was very happy with the end result… as was Molly!
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Molly in her new, finished room
She is the best wee dog who had been very spoiled up to this point, so we didn’t want her to feel less important when the baby arrived!
And here is the proud big sister with baby Catelyn!
Starting point… I thought there might be dead space behind the stairs, but wasn’t sure. Trying to sneak a look
If it was going to work I also needed to move the wiring for the house alarm system. Decided to update the kitchen at the same time, by adding tongue & groove panels
Space cut out… I can now see what space we have to play with
Bigger than I thought, around 4 square metres
Most importantly… don’t want Molly to be scared of the space, so in for an early look. Definitely going to be big enough!
Door frame fitted in keeping with the internal joinery, base of frame kept in place as integral to support staircase
Plasterboard fitted, starting to look like a room
In for a sniff and helping with the plastering/sealing
Feature wallpaper gives an idea of what’s coming next
View from inside the room
Colour changing mood lighting installed
Molly waiting patiently as I had to finish the tongue and groove outside her room first
Flooring goes down
And skirtings for the awkwardly shaped walls!
Molly still waiting patiently, has taken the new couch in the meantime
So I bought her one for her new room
Finishing touches, photo frames and luxury bed
Pictures of Molly at school with her friends
All moved in, proud as punch!
Posing in her new space
Loves the cosy corner
Finishing touches with her sign and peronalised leash/harness hook
Luckily she likes her new home better than the one in the garden!