Inspiration: A Green Attic Playroom

Inspiration: A Green Attic Playroom

Trent Johnson
Jun 11, 2009

How can a playroom be green? Martin Brown ( of Portland, Oregon turned an attic in his 1922 house into a great playroom for his son utilizing scrap material, an antique window, low-temperature LED light fixtures, an occupancy sensor and a hydronic baseboard heater...

Martin detailed his retrofit of his unfinished attic at his blog Bottleworld. The unfinished attic needed walls and floor. The walls and ceilings were done in tongue and groove beadboard to match the rest of the home. New insulation and fireproofing was added, along with a few green features.

  • Sheet scraps of marmoleum for the floor
  • An antique star-mullioned window installed
  • A velux roof window that his son can open
  • Low-temperature LED light fixtures on the ceiling
  • A verdant-brand thermostat with occupancy sensor (only works when his son is using the space)
  • A hydronic baseboard heater

Checkout the entire project at An attic playroom via
All photos by Martin Brown and used with permission. See the rest of them at his Flickr.

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