Wednesday, August 29, 2012

From Studs to Drywall

Slowly but surely, we’re getting there!  Glenn has been working steadily and quickly, pushing himself to get so many things accomplished as soon as possible.  I’m so thankful for his hard work. 

He and Luke, with help from both Cameron and Mick, have drywalled everything in the new area.  Here are some progress shots – I hope they make sense!

This older one shows a look towards the mudroom. (it cracks me up that there is a door leaning against the far wall in both shots – but different doors!  It’s just a good place to lean one…)


Here it is now.  Don’t be confused about the white door in the first picture, I’m standing in front of it in the 2nd shot so you can’t see it.  The opening in the 2nd shot is a little closet that had been covered up (since it wasn’t built yet) in the shot with Colleen.  We had covered the opening with that striped piece of plywood.  Why?  It was an open view of the toilet in the bathroom.  Not especially private!  We were all thrilled when Glenn took away the plywood and made the little closet.


Here’s what the closet looks like.


It will be a utility closet, accessible from the hallway.

Here is a look into the master bedroom.  The shots aren’t exactly comparable since I have slightly different views, but I think you can still see it.  Use the window frames as your guide.


Here’s a deeper look into the master – I’m standing just in the white door (the old garage entry door), the bathroom is to my right.  Not even the studs are up yet in this picture!


Compared to now!


Master Bedroom – again, using the window as a guide might be helpful.  Looks like the miter saw is in almost the same place, too!  LOL




This one is taken with me standing in the master bedroom as I look toward our bathroom and beyond that, our closet.  I actually am standing in the same spot for both pictures!





The mudroom…use the door for your guide.





Back to our bedroom again -


The door is leaning against the wall where Mick had been working on the dryer vent.  The partial wall in the 2nd shot wasn’t framed out yet in the first one.



Here is a look from the mudroom toward the laundry room and our bedroom.



Same view again – but that little light switch opening kind of makes the wall look like a door in the 2nd shot!  Laundry room is the first opening on the right.  The next doorway on the right is our bedroom.


What I haven’t shown is all the electrical and plumbing Glenn had to do!  Talk about a meticulous job!  Not only did Glenn need to do all the new wiring for outlets, switches, light fixtures, and vents, he also has to try to sort out the tangled mess he found in the attic representing the wiring in the main house.  Still working on that one a little at a time, so a couple of rooms have dimmed lights, or only have light if the switch is on in another room. There are no before and after shots for all that!

I don’t know if you noticed in the recent shots, but most of the walls are already primed, and Glenn has been mudding the seams and nail holes the last few days.  It’s a slow process, especially because Glenn does it in 3 “layers”, using different sizes of mudding blades, letting each layer dry in between as he feathers the mud out away from the seams.  He did this technique in the dining room, too and it made beautiful seams, practically invisible.  Due to the layering and feathering, there is almost no sanding!  We’re all glad for that! 

He has mudded all the master bedroom areas – including the bathroom and closet.  Now he has the hallway, closet, laundry room and mudroom.  After that, he will be doing the ceilings – texturing the old ones – the ones that were part of the garage, and doing the same technique as the walls for the mudroom and closet ceilings, since they are new and don’t have to be textured to cover up the patchy places – as in the master bedroom and laundry room. 

Then we paint!


  1. Getting there! It would be interesting to be able to total up all the man hours this work represents. I'm sure we would be amazed!

    (Did you really type all this up at 4:00 am? Wait -- who am I kidding? Of course you did! ;-)

  2. It's so exciting to see it almost done! What on earth will you do with yourself when all this painting is finished? :)