Notes, 14 July 2015

Ron and Steven are now planning to meet at least twice a week, walking the house, making decisions. Today’s agenda:

  • Properly locating the tall, narrow new window going into the back wall of bedroom 2 — Jadin’s bedroom.
  • Triple-checking the location of the wall between bedroom 1 and bath 2; it’s in the wrong place and needs to be reframed two feet toward the rear of the house, enlarging bedroom 1 at the front of the house.
  • Going over the window, door and trim schedules and quotes, line item by line item, to identify options, questions to research, items to order.
  • Meeting with the flooring company to determine how to best save and refinish the existing oak floors. They will look for new 2 1/4-inch oak planks to feather into the existing floor. We will use a section of flooring in the pantry for tests.
  • Meeting with a candidate company for structured and low-voltage wiring — network, audio/video, security, CO2 detectors, smoke alarms, ceiling speakers, etc.
  • Deciding to replace the warped plywood at what was the master bathroom — a checkerboard of small sections and uneven layers. Larger sheets of plywood will be stronger, more stable, more level.
  • Marveling at how open the house is beginning to feel as the framers replace termite-infested wood, open up the maze of claustrophobic rooms, repair damage to beams cut through by plumbers who should never be trusted with power tools, define the framing for the new windows, and nail new LVL structural support into the ribs and bones of what will be a much better house. It feels like the house in Steven’s head, the house that Brett converted into plans, is emerging.
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New spaces emerge

The framers have taken out the maze of tiny rooms cut off from each other, which is how houses in the late 1960s were built, opening up the house to begin breathing deeply, then putting up new walls to define functional larger spaces and a simpler traffic pattern from room to room.

To the left, what will be the new kitchen window. Joist hangers now reinforce the ceiling beams where they meet the new LVL ceiling beams. The new wall between what will be the pantry -- right side of photo -- and kitchen is framed.
To the left, what will be the new kitchen window. Joist hangers now reinforce the ceiling beams where they meet the new LVL ceiling beams. The new wall between what will be the pantry — right side of photo — and kitchen is framed.
Standing in what will be Steven's office at the front of the house, looking back at the pantry framing and kitchen beyond.
Standing in what will be Steven’s office at the front of the house, looking back at the pantry framing and kitchen beyond.
This is the framing for what will be Jadin's bathroom, which is designed as a large, open, second master bath. The shower will be placed at right, the vanities at left.
This is the framing for what will be Jadin’s bathroom, which is designed as a large, open, second master bath. The shower will be placed at right, the vanities at left. Before the framers opened this up to create this open space, this was originally an L-shaped Jack-and-Jill bathroom with a walk-in closet, toilet, tub/shower and two separate sinks with extended counters — one on each branch of the L. We suspect it was part of the original master bedroom, because one of the sink counters was set up as a sit-down vanity.
Moving up to the second floor, this is what is now framed to become the master bath -- shower at left rear, water closet at right rear, with vanity outside the "wet" rooms, and a large vertical window to the right.
Moving up to the second floor, this is what is now framed to become the master bath — shower at left rear, water closet at right rear, with vanity outside the “wet” rooms, and a large vertical window to the right. There’s a new header inserted into the ceiling above, replacing the beam from an earlier remodel that intruded down into the ceiling of what will become the master closet and master bedroom.
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