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Sun-room rehab. I got a little carried away today.


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There's a saying that all you need is a spark to start a fire or a little nudge to push you in the direction of starting something new. Today was that day.

 

My house is over a 100 years old and there is always something to do. For this project, it's the sun room. This area of the house was an addition after it was originally built, I'm going to say sometimes in the 40's. The reason I say that is the walls were covered in a wood fiber board of sorts and the ceiling was essentially the same material with a design on it. Over the past 6 months, the ceiling started to sag and I knew it was going to come down but I had other things going on at the time so I ignored it. Saturday morning, it finally failed and I woke up to it being on the floor. 

 

My wife came in and looked at the state and agreed that it was time and let's just gut the room and start from scratch an rehab it. Let the destruction begin.

 

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With any old house, you'll find interesting things when you open the walls. 24" on center, dead electrical going no where. A soil stack that's original to the house, buy yet existed outside of the original framing of the house,

 

The plan for the space is to raise the ceiling height, due to it being a relatively small space so it get's opened up. Today I'm going to remove the furring strips that held the original ceiling. I'm also going to remove the ceiling joists as well. They are not tied into the rafters, They are literally just hanging on the top of the wall with one or 2 nails a piece. I'll plan on reusing those to add structure to the walls. I'm also going to build a bulkhead around the soil stack to hide that, Going to try to insulate it as well. 

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or in our case 8" centers rough timbers of 3"x 6" built like a tank....but I'm assuming the timber was probably takin right from the land it was built on and milled cost a fortune to redo it the same way.....

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Looks like a heck of a project 99!! My grandparents house was built in 1906 I believe and man there's no such thing as an easy fix there were workin on there restroom now and I see some obstacles in our near future lol!! Keep the oics coming man I can't wait to c the after pics:}

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Today was an interesting day. More of a discovery and learning experience, We pulled some newspapers from the wall and found a date of July 13,1935

 

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We removed the joists and furring strips so we could get access to the rest of the wall and strip the left over remaining cedar shakes that were left on the house. As we were getting ready to remove the shakes we noticed that the rafters were cut flush to the shingles and then toe nailed through the shingles onto the wall. Once we removed the shakes and looked at the rafters, I'm truly amazed on how it's managed to stay connected to the house. We decided to make a ledger board and put it under the rafters for additional support. The verticals are essentially going to be nailers for the drywall but they will help to support the ledger board as well. 

 

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I've given more thought of why the soil stack does not completely exist within the framing of the house. I believe the house was built without any indoor plumbing and the soil stack was later added during the addition. This would explain why it was such a hack job.

 

It was a productive day, I managed to get all of the dead electrical out and take all of the waste material up to my dad's and throw it on his burn pile. Next weekend will consist of building the bulkhead, figuring out what we will be doing for lighting and electrical and then putting up all of the nailers for the drywall

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ya fun finding stuff for sure we found some stuff during our reno's to 1909 newspapers on the back of stairs I replaced so when we were doing our living room wife suggested we take and put a picture of us with our names and date in one of the walls.....not sure anyone will come across it but ya never know.....at least they will see what we looked like while we did what we did.....

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Made some good progress this weekend. Added studs to the knee and gable walls to put the framing back to 16" on center. Started the framing for the bulkhead as well as the nailers for the ceiling. Roughed in the electrical for the lighting and finally insulated everything and foamed up the crevices. Huge difference. I was sweating in there when I was up on the ladder working on the ceiling. :)

 

Doing all the framing gave me a reason to break out my framing nailer. I love that gun, It's a beast but it works great.

 

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Made a lot of progress today. Pulled up the water damaged Pergo floor and then the original linoleum. We exposed the original hardwood but we've decided to tile it instead. Once that was done, we insulated the ceiling and finished off the bulkhead. Going to sheet rock in the morning.

 

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Thanks Mike!

 

 

Yes, I've done tile in both of the bathrooms as well as the mudroom. This will be pretty easy to do since it's just a big rectangle. So no complex cuts or angles to deal with. I actually enjoy tiling, once you get the initial layout down it goes pretty quick. The biggest worry is not to tile yourself into a corner. :)

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Thanks Mike!

Yes, I've done tile in both of the bathrooms as well as the mudroom. This will be pretty easy to do since it's just a big rectangle. So no complex cuts or angles to deal with. I actually enjoy tiling, once you get the initial layout down it goes pretty quick. The biggest worry is not to tile yourself into a corner. :)

Or forgetting your keys on the other side of the room after you prep/tile a floor. TIP: always carry a fishing pole haha.

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