Ron Dahlke, site supervisor, Ranserve, is wranglng five framers at Emerald Hill. Steven is staying out of the way.
Brett Grinkmeyer, architect, called to research a question asked by Ron. How do you want to finish the passages — one between the entry and library, one between the library and family room, and one between the entry and family room?
The options are: 1. Drywall, or, 2. Trim material over drywall.
This gets complicated at the first passage between the entry and library. That wall is home to the plumbing stack. Ron is going to frame it wider to give the plumber more room to connect pipes. This also requires reframing the ceiling above the library to create chases in which to run the pipes — chases that do not compromise the structural integrity of the house by slicing through lumber the way previous remodels have done damage to the house. See “this is wrong” posts. Ron has to frame around the stack. If he covers the framing with drywall, this narrows the passageway to 32 inches, down from 36.
Brett and Steve test a different idea — replicate the trim around the doors — replace the drywall on the interior surfaces of the passageway with 3/4-inch trim, run the drywall on the walls behind the trim up to that trim, then cover that joint by running 2×2 poplar up the walls at the joint between the drywall and the 3/4-inch trim.
Here’s the detail drawing from the plans:
The ensures consistent trimwork throughout the house. The wood used for the trim will be less prone to damage than exposed drywall in high-traffic passageways. Labor and material costs should be a wash, Steven hopes.
Brett will discuss with Ron.
That took 20 minutes … but it’s an important leap into the future. Framing may be underway, but planning for everything after must proceed without pause.