|1960s paneling & built-ins|
In case you're wondering why on earth they would tackle such a big project in the middle of a school term -- Joie's good friend from Texas State years, landed a great job at UMass and quickly needed a place to live...so the gals leapt into action to create some space upstairs for Lisa and her two cats, Sammy & Monkey.
Unfortunately, saying a magic word wasn't enough to make it happen, but here's the pictorial account of how it did.
|Joie+crowbar= breaking bad|
|Built-in # 1 eliminated|
|1/4 way there|
|Built-in # 2|
|Housemate Brittany sledge-hammering|
|#2 gone - useful closet coming|
|+ behind door cubby for books|
|Whole room down to studs|
|New electrical work roughed in|
Marilyn got the plumbing pipes wrapped in sound-reducing insulation, then Joie installed sound-proof board on that entire wall before drywall was hung over all of it. (Definitely helped with sounds of rushing water & toilets flushing.)
|Marilyn installing soundproofing insulation|
|Wall of plumbing needed extra soundproofing|
|Ex-housemate Katherine cutting foam board|
|Exterior walls required rigid foam board insulation|
|Mixed insulation completed|
|Dust was blown up the chimney!|
|Ryan, Joie & mechanical helper|
|Drywalling a ceiling isn't for weaklings!|
|Joie just can't get enough learnin'|
|Joie with her mudding hawk|
|Joie taping corner of closet|
|M removing old carpet staples|
But they were just getting started on installing the carpet pad and carpeting when Lisa arrived. Not surprisingly, our newest housemate jumped right in to help finish that job...proving just what a good friend she is!
Baseboards and door & window trim are still to be done but here are some almost-final pics of the conversion.
Rods, shelf and a chest of drawers turned office built-in #2 (see above pic) into a bedroom closet with a perfect space for the television opposite the bed.
Until doors arrive, a curtain suffices nicely.