Here's the couch area "way before." Pretty much how it looked when we closed on the house, minus the cow border (you know that had to be the first thing to go):
And during construction, with some primer on the walls and the ceiling being scraped:
And here's the "tv wall" during construction. It was important to use space efficiently in this small sitting area, so Mike made a built-in tv alcove above the stairs and opposite the couch:
Here's the finished tv alcove:
And a finished view of the bookcase next to the tv and the room leading into the bedroom:
The other side of the door to bedroom, in relation to the kitchen:
And a finished view of the kitchen:
So, all that's left to show of the au pair suite is the bedroom. It came out well, but not much was done in there as far as "construction." We refinished the floors, redid the ceiling and painted, but the basic shape of the room stayed the same. I will post some pics of that room in the next au pair suite installment.