Our Dog Was Getting A Human Sister, So I Built Her A Room Under The Stairs – It Turned Out Better Than Expected


    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!

    Custom signs

    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!

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