Here are some images from the sketchup model:
bird's eye view from behind to show beds (Mina left, Franca right)
After about a million design options, we decided to go back to our original idea and tuck a bed loft under the 8' soffit. This helps us by putting a natural Mina-proof "cap" on the raised area, just seemed to make sense and be the easiest to construction. (I did do a really great corner option, but it was going to be much more money and complicated to erect.) We wanted to make the area under the loft high enough so that we could all feel comfortable playing under there, but left enough space up top for Franca (who is 42" tall and growing) to sit up in bed. This puts the bed platform at about 60" AFF (above finished floor). You see a beam coming across the room, that will have swings mounted to it.
This is a pretty high platform for the girls to climb a ladder to, so we decided to use the Ikea Trofast storage unit as a stair like many people have done before. We will have to add an extra step at the top though. This will also be great for us (read: me) to get up there in the middle of the night during the inevitable "MOMMA" call.
We are moving all of our stuff this weekend, so we took last night and lunch hour today to finish erecting the frame. Tomorrow I paint the panels, and then we install Friday or Saturday-ish. To be honest, while I'm sure so people think we could have just thrown some beds in there, it felt really, really good to use all of our tools and skills again. Plus, if you've been following this blog for any time at all, you know we never take the easy route!
Sawdust never smelled so good.
Sorry this post is so rushed, I actually need to be either working or mounting shelves in the entry right now!