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October 26, 2013

Renovation continues on dilapidated tax sale house

Second floor repairs include wiring, paint scraping


Old houses are notorious for a lack of closet space. Two of the bedrooms had the dinkiest closets imaginable. By constructing two walls in unusable space behind the door of one room, we added a second closet.

The other bedroom was a little trickier. The already-existing, step-down closet is positioned in an alcove and no other area allowed for a second closet without seriously damaging room size. Walling off the alcove to create a large closet would have closed off one of the windows.

Instead we built out the wall into the alcove a couple of feet and added a rod and shelf behind it. This saves the light from the window and creates a storage area tucked away and invisible from the rest of the room or the hall.

Oddly enough, the master bedroom had two closets – one a decent size and one a step-down, walk-in space that possibly doubled as a room for a cradle. The first closet shared a wall with the bathroom, which only had a toilet and sink.

We knocked down this wall and installed a shower inside the former closet. By removing a set of shelves and repositioning the sink, we created enough space for a person to move around without getting claustrophobia. By using the sink cut-out from the kitchen countertop as a shelf situated under a mirror, we created a second primping area.

Repairing the holes in the walls required cutting rectangular shapes into the plaster so we could cut drywall pieces to fit. Drywall tape and a lot of mud eventually covered the blemishes, but I did have to float all the walls.

I tried to create a smooth look in two of the bedrooms, but this took an unbelievable amount of time and I am still not totally happy with the results. For the number of hours I put into that project, I expect perfection.

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