Start of the Finish-Phase

Once insulation and drywall are in, the finish-phase can begin!  This is my favorite part because it’s when all of the things I’ve picked out, designed, specified, and envisioned start to show up in the space.  This includes trim style, cabinetry, lighting, plumbing, tile, countertops, carpet, hardwood flooring, and paint.  I enjoy the framing stage because it’s vital for the pieces that come during this last phase (such as: shampoo niches, incorporated shelving spaces, etc..) but, it’s less obvious to the homeowner and not as exciting.

 

Matt and I installed some of the trim-work ourselves to cut back on the timeline and work load for our contractor.  When you have the right tools, it’s a piece of cake.  Hints the handy dandy nail gun.  Luckily, we did not have any crown molding or intricate trim designs installed in this project.  Crown molding is not for the simple DIY-er or mathematically…we learned the hard way on our old home.  We used all flat 1×4″ for our door/window casings and baseboard.

Up next, painting!

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Insulation & Drywall

The latest video showing the spray foam insulation process and drywall phase.  Because our ceiling rafters are 2×6″ (house was built in the 50’s) we had to use spray foam insulation in order to get the updated code R-value in that small of a cavity.  The walls could be batt insulation (cheaper), but there wasn’t much of a savings since most of our insulating was in the ceiling.  It was also faster to have the spray foam guys just spray it all at one time in one day.  Matt (my husband) and our contractor Bruce helped to shave off some of the excess so the drywall would attach to the studs smoothly.  We hired out the drywall (the mudding/sanding is such a mess – who wants to do that themselves for such a large project?)!  It always makes a huge difference to have drywall up.  That’s the turn in my mind from the rough-in phase to the finish-phase.