Upstairs next steps

October 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

Forgive the super boring post on drywall. This is mainly for Katy, who is helping me decide on paint colors.

Our friendly handy person, Chad, has made great progress upstairs since last I posted. After the mold was remediated and the insulation went in, Chad installed drywall. We toyed with the idea of beadboard on the slopes and ceiling, but decided it was not in the budget. So, we’ll have acres of smooth drywall overhead for now. The drywall is almost finished and next week it will be time to slap up some paint. Here’s what it looks like now.

View from top of the stairs into lounge (south gable end)

Looking back at the stairs (Boogie stretching)

Window seat in lounge

Skylight in lounge

Area at top of stairs, door to office

Looking into office (closets surround window in gable end)

Window seat in office (desk will be to left, closets to right)

Office (my desk goes here)

Down the stairs

Second floor in the works

September 30, 2011 § 2 Comments

We have turned our attention to the second floor of the cottage. It has been partially gutted since we moved in, and we had it completely gutted and cleaned out a few weeks ago in preparation for new insulation. Unfortunately, when the insulation guy came last week to do the job, he called our attention to what looked like a mold problem. So we put a halt to the insulating and called in a mold expert. Sure enough, there is significant mold on the underside of the roof decking. So we’re going to have it thoroughly cleaned early next week and then the insulation will go in at the end of the week. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that the new, properly installed insulation and properly vented roof will prevent mold from returning.

So, now I’m thinking about how to finish the space. Stay tuned for more posts on flooring, walls, paint, etc. For now, I will post some “before” shots of the gutted space. We decided to take down all of the walls that had divided the space up into several poorly functioning rooms. Now there will be just two rooms. As you come up the stairs, the room to your right will be the lounge with sofa, comfy chairs, and TV.

View of the south gable end from the top of the stairs

Here’s the view of the room looking back at the stairs. Picture book shelves in the knee wall and a window seat in the A dormer.

View from south gable end toward stairs

If you turn to your left at the top of the stairs there will be a door into an office with a daybed or futon for overflow company. There will also be a closet surrounding the window in the gable end and another window seat in the A dormer.

Looking toward north gable end past stairs on left

Closet and window seat

Stay tuned for shots of the insulation next week. I know you’re excited.


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