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Friday Night Photos: House Renovations v. 2.1.1 (Framing, Lights, Plugs, Vents, and More!)

I probably should have called this set of photos “Preparing for Sheetrock” because if you follow me on Twitter I mentioned I was getting sheetrock today. I got home too late to take photos of that, and I’m trying to create a record with these updates, so I had to share these photos of what came before the sheetrock could be done! First a hall had to be framed, leading into the new set of rooms. That piece of plywood is covering the doorway to my kitchen.

There have to be lights, and there are going to be lots of them, in the ceiling, and in sections so I can have the light just where I want it.

Just for Lydia, these two framed areas on the floor are where the double pantries will be, on both sides of the doorway that leads into my laundry room. In this photo, the laundry room would be on the right, and the opening into the pantries is on the left, in the hall you saw in the photo above.

Somewhere in this time frame, the other door came, which will eventually lead out to the covered deck. Right now there’s a door but no deck yet!

This is Spencer my fabulous contractor, measuring the closet that’s in my office/studio area. The closet makes it so this space could be used as a bedroom with its own entrance, but I’ll probably use the closet mostly to store cameras on tripods.

One of the most exciting developments so far is the installation of the washer-dryer hookups! I’m counting down until my laundromat days are over!

Look at all those electric outlets! This is where my built-in desk will be, with a long top that wraps around the corner. I’m using some oak file drawers from my previous office as the base of the desk.

We’re putting plenty of insulation in the walls to keep this area nice and toasty when I’m blogging in here next winter.

The photo may not look like much, but this is a heat vent that’s right under the desk, where I’ll be warming my toes!

The lights actually work, and when I discovered I could turn lights off and on I really had the feeling that we were making progress!

Finally, here’s the sheetrock ready to be installed, with I-don’t-know-what in the smaller boxes,. No idea what it is, but I know it goes with the sheet-rocking job!

P.S. I wasn’t sure whether I would get this post written, because I spent most of the day and evening working with other family members to move some of my dad’s furniture and household items into an assisted living center near his house where we hope he can get the care he needs. This is turning out to be one of the hardest things our family has gone through. Many readers who follow me on Twitter and Facebook have left kind words of support, and I greatly appreciate all the good wishes.

(If anyone is interested, you can see my whole set of House Renovations Photos on Flickr or use the label House Ronovations to see all the posts.)

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    11 Comments on “Friday Night Photos: House Renovations v. 2.1.1 (Framing, Lights, Plugs, Vents, and More!)”

  1. LDS sister, not sure what’s in the boxes, but it’s some kind of construction material, definitely not rice!

    Tanna, I’m alternately excited and terrified that I’ll run out of money. As for dad, he seems to be adjusting very well. I took him dinner last night and he had 4 visitors (from the church/neighborhood) while I was there. I’m so glad we were able to put him somewhere close to his own home.

  2. When my aunt went into assisted living I couldn’t imagine she’d be happy there. It’s been over 7 years now and she’s blooming still. I hope it works as well for your dad.

    Always I relish the addition updates. Progress indeed. Love the toasty toes vent!

  3. Looks great! Are those boxes of rice on the floor?

    My mother had such secure & happy times as she enjoyed her last years of independence in a wonderful assisted living facility. I hope your dad's experience is the same.

    Happy Easter

  4. Thanks for the good wishes, both on the renovations and the issues with my dad. Even if I don’t always make it back here to acknowledge comments I’m reading and appreciating them all when I post them.

  5. Kayln,
    I am so excited for you. What wonderful new spaces you are going to have. The laundry room alone would make it all so worth it.

    Been thru the elderly parent trials and have much empathy for you.

  6. It is really coming along nicely.

    I hope everything with your family goes as smoothly as it can.

  7. oh wow – everything is coming together! ahh how exciting!

  8. Oh my…so much work. But it will all come together nicely…I know it will.

  9. It looks like the house is really coming together nicely!

    My thoughts are with you and your family, Kalyn, I’m sure everything will work out for the best.

  10. Looks like things are really moving along, doesn’t the framing make you feel like it actually might happen?!? Looking forward to seeing the finished product, I hope the end is in sight!!

  11. Everything looks like it is coming along nicely.