So much work went into the bedroom, but I’m going to try and do a quick recap, and only go into a bit of detail about interesting stuff, like the fireplace!
Here’s the quick list of work we did:
- Clean all the junk out of the basement
- Put everything from the second bedroom into the basement
- Move everything from our bedroom into the second bedroom
- Rip up the carpet in our bedroom
- Tear down the wall of the shared closet between the two bedrooms (as well as all the closet shelves)
- Tear the lath and plaster down
- Tear the floor up
- Level the floor
- Put sub-floor down
- Put insulation up
- Hang drywall
Once we were done all that Tom went to work on building pocket doors. The house is so small we don’t want to waste space with traditional doors. There are two doors in the bedroom, the one that leads to the living room, and the one that will lead to our walk-in closet (currently a second bedroom).
For the doors to the living room we got a bi-folding door so that we could create French style pocket doors. I forget exactly what we used, a combination of pocket door kits and some of Tom’s inventing to get the whole thing together.
The door to what will eventually be the closet is a traditional pocket door.
After the doors were done (as done as they could be at the time) Tom went to work on the fireplace.
First he had to build something to sit it in. He left space for the venting and underneath he left space for a shelf. Then he installed the fireplace. After that we put drywall up, and then the stone!
- Put up all the trim (baseboards, doors, window)
- Do the electrical
- Move back in!
Typed out like that makes it seem like it took no time at all, but it was almost seven months from start to finish! We weren’t working on it all the time. There would be weeks at a time when we didn’t touch it. Living in the second bedroom made it less urgent to get everything done all at once.
We still have stuff to do. The trim needs to be painted. We need a headboard, side tables, lamps, etc. but we can sleep in front of the fire and that’s exciting!
Now we’re moving on to the walk-in closet. Hopefully it doesn’t take as long!