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March 5, 2012 / aaronmarkson

Attic Remodel: Framing 3

Well, I took some time off from working on the attic. We went out west to see friends and ski a few days, and then I got a cold, and then I just got lazy…. Today, I had the day off and enough motivation to get off my butt and do some more work on the future master suite. I am almost done with the framing. All the new walls are up, but I still have some 2×2’s to put in the closet to allow for more insulation. I also have to figure out where I want access to the space behind the knee walls and frame that accordingly. I am also going to put some built-in storage in the bathroom. I also ran a hot and cold water line up to the bathroom that I will tie into later when doing the plumbing work. Here’s what it’s looking like now.

February 16, 2012 / aaronmarkson

Attic Remodel: Framing 2

I haven’t done much visible work lately. I have been busy with the band and other work.  I was able to frame up one of the walls for the bathroom, which proved to be a little tricky due to the top of the wall meeting up with the roof half way between where the angled rafters meet the collar ties.  This wall being up served to remind me of how narrow the bathroom feels because of the angled rafters taking up a lot of head room one side of it.  I knew this going into the project because the previous bathroom was in this same location. We did make it longer, so it will be bigger, but we’ll have to be careful about the depth of the vanity and other things in order to keep it as open as possible.  I also routed new pex supply lines up from the basement to the new bathroom in the attic.  No new pictures, but I hope to do some more work on Saturday, and then I’ll share updated pictures.

February 10, 2012 / aaronmarkson

Attic Remodel: Framing

My layout has been given the “thumbs up”. The next step in the project is to start framing walls, update the collar ties, fur the rafters down for more insulation, and get everything ready for plumbing and electrical work.  It’s one of those steps that many people may not find that exciting, but is quite exciting for me.  The room really starts to take shape and it becomes easier to envision the final results.  I still have a more framing to do, but I started by framing the wall that separates what will be the walk in closet from the rest of the space. The Closet will be in the dormer off the front of the house.  It’s a decent size space, but pretty short and angled, so we felt it would be best used as a closet.  I also started putting 2×2’s on the rafters in order to make more room for insulation.  While this will cut a little into the overall space, It will be worth it to have a properly insulated space that stays cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  I am also moving the collar ties up 6″ to make the ceiling height 8′ in the main area.  This is making a huge difference in the overall feel of the room.  I still have 5 more collar ties to install, a bunch of 2×2’s to install in the “closet” as well as frame up the walls for the bathroom.  Here’s what it’s looking like now:

February 6, 2012 / aaronmarkson

Attic Remodel: Demo

I’ve been ripping stuff out of the attic for a little while now as I have had time.  I’ve made mess after mess and filled what seems like countless trash bins and bags with debris.  Just when I think I am done with one mess and am cleaned up, it’s time to make another one.  All the sagging textured drywall is down, the wood paneling is off, the faux tile wall in the bathroom is gone, carpeted bathroom is history, and just bout everything else.  I was originally planning on keeping the existing insulation if it was in good condition.  Well, so much for that.  Not only did a bunch of it fall out when doing the rest of the demo, but it was crumbling and falling apart, and I imagine not doing the best job at insulating.  So I think I am going to replace it.  This will also make a mess…but will  make it easier to do electrical work and the end result will be a much better insulated space.  Here are some pics of the space:

February 3, 2012 / aaronmarkson

Attic Remodel

It’s been about 6 months or so since we’ve done any visible remodeling.  I did re-plumb all my supply lines with Pex since we had galvanized pipes that were corroding from the inside out.  While it was necessary, and is exciting to me, I didn’t think most people would want to see before and after pics like most home renovations.  The next project I am going to tackle is our attic space. We live in a 1 1/2 story Cape Cod style house that has a livable attic.  The plan is to turn it into a “master suite”.  here is what the attic looked like when we moved in:

The drywall was  1/4″ and sagging everywhere. It was also sprayed with a really hard, sharp texture. There as carpet in the bathroom, and random rugs placed over the patterned linoleum flooring.  It was ugly, but all I could see was potential.


February 2, 2012 / aaronmarkson

Storage Ottoman

Jenna and I were without a coffee table or ottoman for quite a while. We kept looking, but couldn’t find anything that we really liked, and that was affordable for us.  Jenna found plans for a storage ottoman in some magazine, so we decided to make it.  I built the majority of it, and Jenna did the cushion and fabric cover. We like how it turned out.

February 2, 2012 / aaronmarkson

Final Main Level Remodeling Pictures

here are the final results of all our hard work.

February 2, 2012 / aaronmarkson

Cabinets and Tile

It’s been a while since I have updated this, and while our project has been done for quite some time now, I decided to update the blog with more pictures from our main level remodel.  I wasn’t going to even bother because I don’t know if anyone actually reads this, but I was inspired by a fellow more remodeler and DIYer that I found when looking for information on Roxul insulation. So here you go.  These are pictures of the Ikea cabinets installed and some tile being installed in the bathroom.

April 12, 2011 / aaronmarkson

Priming, Plumbing, and Paint

We’ve been working hard on the house every chance we get.  We’ve also had the help of a couple of friends, which has been HUGE.  With the help of my friend Caleb, and Jenna’s Dad, we have primed and painted a LOT.  Painting all the woodwork in your house is a huge task, but I am glad we did it, because it breathes new life into an older house.  We still have some painting to do, but it’s nice to see a little color on some walls.  I also got the bathroom shower and walls ready to tile.  That was a BIG task since they were so bad from removing the previous tile.  I am pleased with how it turned out.  We also changed the shower/tub valve in the bathroom. And by “we”, I mean mostly my friend Josh Miller with a little assistance from me.

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March 22, 2011 / aaronmarkson

House Remodeling

We have now owned our new house for 3 weeks.  After only 3 days of owning it, we decided to start making a mess.  We tore out some green carpet that was probably from the 60’s to expose the oak hardwood that was underneath.  We will be staining them dark like walnut, and sealing them up with a waterbased top coat.  In a In fact, I have a guy grinding the floors today in order to start that process. It’s one of the only things I am hiring out since I don’t have any of the proper tools, or experience with that kind of work.  We removed everything from the kitchen, and took a wall out in between the kitchen and the dining room.  The plaster walls really are not friendly on sawzall blades…or grinding wheels, or any other tool I have tried to use to cut them.  We also took everything but the tub out of the main floor bathroom.  This proved to be the most difficult job as there were plastic tiles that were glued on with some sort of construction adhesive.  I’ve  reinforced the subfloor in the kitchen and bathroom with plywood, and have my tile backer board installed, so both of those floors are ready for me to tile.  I need to get the bathroom walls prepped to tile, as well as move the shower head up at least 16 inches…probably 2 feet.   As of right now it hits me in the middle of my chest.  We also scraped the “popcorn” texture off the ceilings in the dining room and kitchen.  WE scraped, sanded, skime coated, sanded, skim coated, and sanded again… I am SLOW with that kind of work, but I am pretty happy wih the results.  We did lots of other patching of the walls in order to get them ready to paint.  So, once the floors are done, We can get back in there and resume our work…  Paint…Bathroom floor and wall tile…sink and toilet instalation…complete kitchen remodel…lighting…still LOTS to do, but it’s fun for the most part. Hopefully we can move in someday.

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