Friday, April 17, 2009

Friday Night Photos: House Renovations v. 2.1.2 (Boring photos, but it's exciting to have walls!)

I do appreciate my loyal readers not complaining about the endless house renovation photos, but I've been through the process of remodeling a house once and lamented the lack of photos when I was done, so I don't want to make that mistake again. Last week I showed preparations for sheetrock, and now we have sheetrock, which may make for pretty boring photos but quite exciting nevertheless! Above is the intial sheetrocking of where my desk will be.

Here's a slightly wider view of where the desk will be a few days later, with the cracks taped and plastered. (Not sure exactly what that plaster stuff is called?)

Now that the sheetrock is up, you can definitely tell this corner of the office space is going to have a closet. (I'm designing the space so it could be a bedroom if I ever stop using it for an office/studio.)

This side of the office is going to have floor-ceiling shelves for cookbooks, covering all this wall and going under the window. I might try growing herbs under that south-facing window in the winter too.

Not sure if this is a good decision for the office, but eventually there will be a television in this corner, so we needed a cable box and electrical outlet here for that.

Peeking down the hall towards my kitchen, now you can see where the double pantries will be on either side of the doorway leading to the laundry room.

Finally, this is the nice sunny corner where hopefully I'll be taking food photos before too long. There'll be a high photo platform that wraps around the corner under the windows on both walls. I'm going to have Hunter-Douglas blinds that can lower from the top or raise from the bottom. (I have these in all the rest of my house and love them!) I've been worrying a little about whether I should have made the windows bigger, but winter heat bills were a factor in the decision, and hopefully it will be fine.

(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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26 comments:

  1. It's bad feng shui to have your back to the door Kalyn I hope your desk is facing toward door. If not you can hang a mirror on the wall. I think that conuter acts the bad feng shui. Now you think I'm a complete nutter I guess ;)

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  2. Yahoo for Walls! It is really looking good!

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  3. Sean, thanks! Hope so! I've certainly been waiting for them long enough.

    Barbara, of course I don't think you're nuts! There's actually two doors in the room. One is by the side of my desk, same direction I'll be facing, and other one is across the room. Does that help? I'm open to the idea of a mirror too, probably good for the light!

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  4. Maria, we were cross commenting! I promise I was not ignoring you. I admit, I'm getting pretty excited (although there is still a LOT more to go and messes everywhere. That part is getting old.)

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  5. Walls ... fabulous . . . not boring here.
    Excitement builds more . ..

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  6. Tanna, thanks! So glad it's not boring.

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  7. the plaster-like stuff is called "MUD" in the trades. My hubby got our bedroom suite remodel to this point today. yahoo, soon to be sleeping in the bedroom again!

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  8. I love seeing the progress. It reminds me of the time we had our house built. So much fun to see the changes and imagine how nice it will be when it's done.

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  9. boring? Never! It's so fun to see it all coming along. You'll be so excited to have it all completed. A floor-ceiling cookbook shelve area is a wonderful idea. I need to get more shelves myself. I love having a TV in my office. It's sort of mindless watching while on the computer... I often just have CNN on or put in a Netflix movie. Good luck with the remaining weeks!

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  10. Brenda Lou, thanks for identifying the plaster! I think I have heard the term "mud" now that I think about it. Congratulations on the bedroom suite remodel too!

    Betsy, how fun building a whole house just the way you want it. So glad it's not boring!

    RG, thanks for the encouragement. I think it might be months instead of weeks, but maybe the office will be usable in a few weeks. Still a lot to do for the whole project. And if you have a TV (and you seem to be *very* productive) I guess it's okay!

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  11. Walls are nice...Windows are nice....

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  12. I love house reno's... when they're not mine! :) Can't wait to see the finished product, this was going to be a kitchen, right?

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  13. Katie, I'm happy to see them. I know you can relate!

    Pearl, thanks. I'm excited, no doubt.

    Noel, it's not a kitchen. It's a big project, but the main part of the new addition is an office/photo studio where I'll work on the blog.

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  14. Kalyn, we love to watch the progress! Keep posting.

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  15. Great to see the new addition in person today..Nice space with lots of light......it's already a happy place! I agree with Barbara; good feng shui to place a mirror on the wall.
    So happy to see the progression. You are going to love it.
    Cheers,
    Wanda

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  16. Not boring at all - I love following along your remodeling project. I get all the positives (seeing the pictures) and none of the negatives (dealing with project details, dust, and paying for it). Best remodel ever! :-)

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  17. Kalyn, I am loving watching the progress. It's coming along so nicely. I actually think the installation of the sheet rock and taping and all is REALLY exciting. Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  18. You guys are the best! I have to admit I was having a bit of a meltdown today! I'm very tired of living in a mess, and I can't plant much in my garden because the sprinkling system is dug up and even the hose connection isn't functional. But I am very excited, and I know I'm going to love working in the new space.

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  19. Hi Kalyn! Very cool blog! I am completely new to the world of food blogs - I didn't even know they existed until about 6 months ago- I know, have I been under a rock? But, just came across your blog and wanted to say hello. Good luck with the rest of your home renovations!

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  20. Walls are only boring to those with no imagination...:) Haha... when we were building our house (years ago) my guy had trouble picturing the end result, but I never had, so I am sure this is going to be a splendid space! Can't wait to see the endresult!

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  21. woah! how exciting! write super secret love notes on the wall before the paint goes on!

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  22. Love these photos! I can see why you're so excited. Walls... GOOD! :)

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  23. It's going to be SO great when this is all done - I bet you can't wait! Thanks for keeping us updated - not boring at all!

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