Walls & Ceilings? (Reno Part 3)

The farm house is admittedly on the small side – less than 1200 sq ft.  But that wasn’t so much the issue – it felt small because of low ceilings and tiny bedrooms.  The master bedroom checked in at a skimpy 8 x 9′.  Single digits.  Plus a 7′ ceiling (with a ceiling fan!).  Yikes.  Me & the trusty architect scale drew up a plan to annex the adjacent laundry room to open things up.

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Master? bedroom

So we shuffled some things around.  (By “we” I mean Gary.  Paul & I choked through drywall dust and falling mouse poop insulation while Gary made things beautiful).  3 weeks later we now have an 11.5 x 11.5′ bedroom with an 11′ vaulted ceiling and an attached 9 x 11′ closet with laundry.  Now we’re talking.  There are still minor weirdnesses – electrical panel above the bed (not worth $4k to move), attic access above the door,  water heater in the closet, but these are things I can work with.

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Raining mouse poop (but with stylish curtains)

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I feel taller!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next we turned to the innocent looking living room slider wall.  To enjoy a bigger view of the pasture, we decided to add a second slider and smoosh them together to make a big window wall.

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I need more light

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Paul & Spaghetti creating open space

 

 

 

 

 

These things seem easy on paper.  (Me & my scale again).  But the rot in that wall added some spice where plain vanilla would have been just fine.  Demo went pretty easy; stuff just kinda falls down.  But these were interesting falling things – like live mice!  Plus: 3′ high piles of acorns, abandoned drill bits still embedded in the framing, a high school portrait, newspaper clipped obituary, and a dead anole.  And my photos don’t do justice to the chaos added by 30+ hens constantly wandering in and out of construction leaving their own sort of calling cards.  Shoo!

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Chickens love the open concept coop

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Done but covered to keep out marauding hens

 

 

 

 

 

The living room walls were originally finished in plywood.  I probably would have left it if it weren’t for the rot we were finding.  And isn’t that rust eating through the galvanized sink pipe?  Good eye.  Spaghetti and I got busy pulling plywood down.  If it’s functional we save it.  Not sure why yet, but on a farm you are always looking for spare parts.  Our parts bin is filling up fast.

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There is a kitchen here somewhere

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last wall standing was the bathroom (one and only in the house).  Despite it’s size, it was carrying a behemoth walk-in tub.  Paul, Spaghetti & a trusty sawsall freed it from the tiny space which suddenly felt a whole lot bigger.

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Bad photo of a ginormous tub

5 weeks later we have no walls.  Well actually we have nice clean framing which is kind of close to a wall, right?  Ok not if you’re trying to use the bathroom but we don’t have heat or hot water so let’s not get picky.  I have plywood and framing.  I’m happy.  No, really I’m tired and sore, but no rest for the weary and the righteous don’t need none.  Next up, we get decked!

 

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