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!
We went on vacation for a week and a half while the framing was going on at our house. It’s instant gratification to be gone for so long and come back to a huge difference. Framing happens faster than other pieces of the process anyway, so that part always feels good to see the walls of your spaces come together so quickly. It helps for those who don’t visualize space as well to be able to feel the scale and walk through the pathways at that point. Take a look at this short video of our framing and you’ll notice two things: 1 – That construction is messy (note the piles of scraps and trash), and 2 – apparently I always need a Starbucks drink in my hand when visiting the job site!
Part of the plan was to open up into the garage for a small mudroom. The electric meter happened to be right in front of that area and it took KCPL 3-4 weeks to finally get over there and re-locate it. The biggest headache with the framing was that piece since it made the framers get to a stopping point where they couldn’t finish until that was done. In the meantime, they end up going to other jobs and getting on a multi-million dollar project that they couldn’t leave when we were finally ready for them to come back. Ugghhh. So we were set back a bit more having to find another framing crew to finish a project with only a little bit left. It all worked out in the end. Just the usual frustrations of a remodeling project.
Framing started the week before my family went on vacation…and it will almost be finished when we get back 2 weeks later! This is in huge contrast to the last 2 months for us.
Framing goes up so fast – it’s super gratifying. We loved our crew.
This phase also helped legitimize the dimensions of spaces I designed. When I just saw the slab I wondered if everything was too small. I knew I was designing modestly in square footage so that the scale goes with the home and the neighborhood, but I questioned it. Now that walls are up, I feel much better as things seem the way I envisioned.
My neighbor was awesome and sent me photos while we were gone!
The ones above are from the side of the house where the private patio will be.
Siding started going on and windows are being installed. Roofing will start in the next week.
The above photos are of the master bathroom skylight over the toilet, and the bedroom. We kept the vaulted ceilings throughout the house which also required installing 2 new separate mini-split A/C & heating units on the addition that work in unison with the current furnace and A/C. That way we don’t have exposed ductwork along the vaults inside.
(which is cool, but more of an urban loft look)
The photos above are of the mid-century credenza I bought to use for the master vanity sink, a view of the finished bedroom space, and how I envision the master bathroom…your glimpse into the future!
The master addition is starting to look like a real, live-able home! We continued the style of siding that was existing on the rest of the house. Roof line overhangs and angles on the ends were matched to the original. My hope is that you won’t be able to tell where the old ends and the new begins.