Thursday, September 20, 2012

The Den

Two Rooms Became One Room and Then Two Rooms Again.......

Oh, the things that can change in almost 100 years.

You can see where we uncovered the door that had been there before, going out to the LR....

Sometime in the 1970's the people who lived in our home decided to take two rooms on the north side of the house and combine them to make a master suite.

But it was so large, and long, that they then decided to create a sort of 'closet' the size of one of those rooms on the end. 

When we moved in, the room had red shag carpet, brown rough paneling, low ceilings, and in the middle of the oversized closet - a pedestal sink.

It didn't function well as a master, a closet, or a bathroom.  Or at least a kindof a bathroom.  And we were short on rooms in this small, old, house.  We noticed, as we were putting up drywall in the LR, that there had been a door leading from the LR into that space.  We decided to return it to two rooms, almost as it had been before.  One of them would open from the Living room, and become a small den, and the other would function as a master. 

It all began, when we started cutting into the LR wall!  We had just 'finished' the LR, finally, and here we were, messing it all up again.

Moment of Truth!


It's out

It was a big mess!  Removing carpet, scraping and sanding the floor, living in one half while working on the other, and then switching sides. 

After we finished the bedroom side enough to move back into it, we framed in the wall between them.

My kids were immune to remodeling at that point, but still loved to watch :)

As can always be counted on, there were wiring issues, as usual,  to fix.

Ahhh, sleeping in a construction zone!!
With the new wall framed in, we began to put up the new drywall, with all that entails.  Then the texture.  Can I mention how much we HATE drywalling??  I think I'm still cleaning up the dust, years later.

My brother Kent was an amazing help to us through this whole project.  We'd still be in the middle of a huge mess if it weren't for his help :)

Finally we are getting the new Den put together!!!

It's painting time.  Eric chose the perfect shade of red.

Thanks Jim and Amy, for helping paint the room.

That's it for the messy stuff.  The final reveal is coming. Stay tuned :) It is well worth a little wait.

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