The one progress I made within the residence gymnasium this week was to get the room fully cleared out. That was a a lot greater job than I had anticipated. I’ve began on clearing this room out a number of instances this yr, solely to convey extra stuff in later. And evidently, each time I introduced extra stuff into the room, it was the stuff that didn’t have a house wherever else in the home. In order I took it out this time, I had completely no thought the place to place it. Most of it could most likely be thrown out or given away, however that’s an hours-long challenge for a later date. Proper now, it’s all been divided between my little studio storage room and the sunroom the place it would reside till I’m completed with the house gymnasium. And for the reason that subsequent challenge on my checklist is to lastly end the studio, these packing containers and stacks of stuff must be handled at the moment.
However for now, it’s out of my method at the least for this challenge. And now with all of that out of the best way, I can present you precisely what I’m working with, and the a number of challenges this room presents as I kick off this challenge.
The primary problem was an entire oversight on my half once I was having the brand new drywall put in and having the brand new wiring run for the lights. I fully forgot to place a lightweight on this lengthy entrance into the room, so this space may be very darkish.
So I might need to get into the attic and run some wiring over to this space so I can add one other gentle. It’s laborious to inform proper now if that’s actually wanted, although, as a result of proper now all the room is being lit by two gentle bulbs. I haven’t but put in the recessed lights (there’s wiring for six proper now), so actually, all the room appears to be like fairly darkish.
One other problem is that this room has the scuttle gap for the crawl area beneath the home, in addition to the attic entry. They usually’re each on this space that was a closet.
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The quilt for the scuttle gap to the crawl area has the unique flooring connected to it, and I don’t suppose I can get it off. So I’ll most likely have to chop a brand new piece of plywood to cowl the scuttle gap, measure precisely the place it’s positioned from every wall, put it in place to put in the brand new flooring, after which use my round noticed and jigsaw to chop by way of by way of the brand new flooring to free the scuttle gap cowl. Did that make sense? That’s a type of initiatives that I’ve been dreading and laying aside. Hopefully, it’ll be a lot simpler than what I’ve constructed up in my thoughts.
Anyway, the flooring within the new prolonged entrance into this room is usually put in, however I’m nonetheless lacking about two items proper the place the hallway flooring and the flooring on this room meet. That’s one other a type of initiatives I’ve been dreading and laying aside.
Behind this piece of froth insulation is the long run grasp toilet, which is totally torn all the way down to the ground joists, studs, and ceiling joists proper now. So I’ve to maintain the froth insulation board up so to maintain the nice and cozy air from that space out of this room as a lot as attainable. That challenge was placed on maintain resulting from our contractor’s schedule, nevertheless it appears to be like prefer it ought to begin quickly.
From that lengthy entrance into the room, that is the primary wall that you simply see straight forward. That is the wall the place the Swedish ladder will go.
And it’ll appear like this…
I made a decision to go along with this design with the stripes within the center. It was my favourite from the start, and I’ve determined to make use of fake wooden blinds and proceed the design proper on the blinds. I don’t suppose I’ve used these fake wooden blinds since our first home in Albany, Oregon, that we lived in for 3 years after we acquired married. I by no means thought I’d use these once more (woven Roman shades have been my go-to window coverings since then), however after contemplating a number of totally different choices to color on, and imagining how the painted design would look after they’re open (Roman shades, curler shades, and so forth.), I feel the fake wooden blinds are the most effective choices, and I really feel very assured I can paint them pretty simply.
So I’ll have three home windows that may have painted blinds on them — the 2 aspect home windows, in addition to this one that appears out in direction of the entrance yard.
One other problem would be the electrical panel that’s positioned on this room. That space was a closet tucked away behind a closed door, however now it’s out within the open. My plan proper now’s to color proper over it. Because it’s metallic, I’ll most likely take the entrance cowl off and take it exterior and prime it with an oil-based primer. Then I’ll carry the wall design proper over it.
This space was closet area for 2 rooms. The fitting half was the closet for this room, and the left half was a closet for the visitor bed room. I had the door into the closet from the visitor bed room eliminated and drywalled over, after which had the wall between the closets eliminated, and each side opened as much as this room.
I thought-about having the closet partitions eliminated fully and simply making the room one giant, open rectangle, however I reconsidered. This fashion, if we ever wish to flip this room into an everyday bed room, the closet partitions are already there, and I’d simply have to construct slightly separator in the course of that large opening, and add two units of bi-fold doorways. And voila! We’d have an enormous closet on this room.
And a closing problem on this room is that I’ve a rotting ground board. I’ve completely no thought what’s inflicting this, and it’s gotten worse since we purchased the home, however this one ground board within the room is actually rotting away. No matter is affecting it has no have an effect on on the boards round it or on the subfloor. It’s very unusual.
I observed it earlier than we purchased the home, and I believed possibly it was termite harm. So we had the home inspected for termite harm, and there was no indication wherever else of injury. But it surely has undoubtedly gotten worse during the last 7.5 years since we’ve been right here. There’s nonetheless no indication of termites, and the truth that the harm stops on the borders of this explicit board and doesn’t have an effect on something round it tells me that we’re not coping with bugs. That is one thing explicit to this single ground board. Have y’all ever seen something like this?
Anyway, I’m probably not inclined to interchange it since this entire ground will likely be lined fully with the froth gymnasium flooring, however I do have to fill it in with one thing. If we ever wish to use the room for one thing else sooner or later, I’ll exchange the board at the moment.
After which I’ve this subfloor situation within the closet space. Our home was constructed round 1948, and plywood wasn’t actually extensively used (at the least not on this space) at the moment for subfloors. So all of our unique subfloors are 1″ x 10″ lumber. I’ve come throughout many knot holes within the subfloors through the years, and in reality, there are about 5 knot holes simply on this closet space. These don’t trouble me. However this board additionally has an enormous space about 1.5″ x 10″ damaged fully off. I’m probably not certain find out how to deal with this as a result of new 1-inch lumber is thicker than this older stuff, which creates slightly ridge the place the 2 meet. It’s not an enormous deal, nevertheless it’s an issue I confronted when changing a number of the subfloor boards within the kitchen.
Actually, I could go away it. Being within the closet space, and so near the wall, I can’t think about it ever inflicting an issue. So I could put my barrier paper over it, set up the brand new hardwood flooring over it, and never give it one other thought. If it had been in the course of the ground within the room, I’d be extra bothered about it.
In order that’s the room because it stands proper now. It’s prepared for primer and paint, and it’ll begin wanting very totally different very quickly. As in, at present. And talking of paint, I’ll finish this put up crammed with ugly photos with this stunning sight. I headed to House Depot yesterday afternoon and purchased all of my stunning paint colours for the striped partitions.
I can’t wait to get these fifteen beautiful colours on my partitions!! I’ll give y’all of the names of all the colours once I get them on the partitions and you may really see them higher. However I needed to go away you with a style of what’s to come back. I’m excited!
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