Sometime after Hallie turned a year old, Mike installed a pull-down stairway so that we could access the attic for storage. Once the stairway was in place, he worked in the attic to install flooring. It never occurred to me that my baby, who wasn't walking by herself yet, would follow him up there, but she did. I found her sitting nonchalantly at the top of the ladder. She was then watched more closely.
|Nick cuts the hole|
When we moved to the “big house,” once again we installed an attic stairway. The attic was great for storage. And when we remodeled the farmhouse, we insisted on a pull-down stairway for attic access. The contractor tried to convince me I should get rid of stuff rather than storing it. I know myself (and Mike) better than that. We stood firm in our request for a floored, accessible attic and have never regretted it.
So, I wasn’t surprised when Hallie wrote that she and Nick were installing an attic stairway. She’s been involved in that process in every home we’ve owned (except for the modular home, of course). I’m a little surprised, though, that they need the storage. I don’t think Hallie keeps stuff the way her parents do.
|Ready for installation|
On the other hand, last week I asked her if I could share with Emmy a book from her childhood collection, Corduroy by Don Freeman, and she responded that it was a favorite. Naturally, I respect that. So, maybe there will be some stuff in Hallie’s attic after all. (Oh -- and yes, a new copy was ordered from Amazon for Emmy.)
You can follow the progression of Hallie and Nick's pull-down stairway project through the pictures Hallie provided.