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    Got a little further

    Only working in the morning's till it gets too hot up there
    Staircase is in now so I have way better access





    Smaller opening which is easier to close off with insulation tacked up temporarily



    I've added foil faced rigid insulation to the walls and foil faced bubble wrap to the ceiling over the batt insulation



    Won't be able to tell how effective it is until the whole space is enclosed but the wall surface seems much cooler to the touch than before I put it in
    I've also got the beams fabricated, in place and have gotten the weight of the roof off the floor



    I did get some help from my neighbor's sons to put the beams in.
    They're in high school football and wrestling and made it look real easy
    Twenty bucks for five minutes work, I should be able to get them to help again

    Framing some walls is up next
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    Well done! Keep up the pics!
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    Quote Originally Posted by O.S.O.K. View Post
    Well done! Keep up the pics!
    Thanks man,
    BTW, while doing this I've been remembering the thread when you where building your place
    You tried those I guess skylights
    Not really skylights more like flexible tubes that you could direct
    I was wondering how those held up for you
    Not crazy about putting holes in the roof but the space could use a little added sunlight
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    Quote Originally Posted by O.S.O.K. View Post
    Keep up the pics!
    Well if you insist
    as of today



    That's a little over a month only a few hours a day
    There's actually a wall behind the walls. I'm trying to create an air space all around



    That should give me a fairly good thermal block and enough room for them to run their ducts or hoses
    I hope so it's been a lot of work
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    Still a ways to go

    but it's starting to take shape

    Installed a header which seems to be supporting the roof just fine



    I think I'm going to leave the center rafter just for looks.
    Cleaned up and finished I think it will set it off nice along with some other existing supports

    Here's what will be the bathroom



    Across the hall is a walk in closet. The doorway is just to the left



    I've got to get the electrician back to run some wire then I can start the drywall
    Furnace guy is working on a plan.
    It's getting cooler now so it wont be long I hope
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    End of year update

    For those of you holding your breath for the next installment, you can exhale now
    Furnace and ductwork is in, wiring is in but not hooked up, drywall is up and mudded
    I'm the first to admit I'm not a professional. If I was a better drywaller there would be less mudding
    If I was better at mudding there would be less sanding
    but I'm not so here's where I'm at

    Best angles I can get now to match where I started from




    This is looking through the bathroom door to where the vanity will be placed


    and here is the closet. Kind of tough to get a good angle but for the record


    Just went though the checkbook and seem to be into it for a little over 2,700.00 not counting the furnace
    I wound up having to replace the central air to accommodate the new square footage.
    There was a lot of new ductwork which added quite a bit to cost but was well worth it to me turned out great
    Can't wait to get it painted and on to the plumbing
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    Nice going Otto!
    With the heat on and the cold weather here, this will be a good time to get the paint on before fixtures and furniture is in place.
    Good luck!
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    OK so it's been two years and I'm still not done
    A contractor I'm not
    The floor has finally gotten installed, finished today, so wanted to show it off a little
    It's a glue down vinyl and with the rough existing boards prep took twice as long as they thought





    Next comes the plumbing
    I've been working on the plan with a local guy but trying to schedule is a pain
    I have the vanity but need to notch it out on the bottom to clear the beam
    It goes here



    Also have the shower kit and toilet and have the demo done back on the first floor






    Once connected I can start on the old bathroom and still have a working one
    That may be another two years but who knows
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    Looks nice, don't feel bad, i was a contractor and my home improvement projects never got done in less than a year

    I like those kick plates you have on the outside corners of the wall baseboards

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    Thanks I'm trying to match the rest of the house
    It will be 100 years old next year
    Scaled down a little for the room
    Stripped down a matching door I found in the barn. Kind of warped but worked
    Ran out of the hinges so made my own out of luan
    Painted it's close enough to the casual glance

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    Looking a lot better in the "after" pics then "before".

    I've been in my 1893 Victorian house for 26 years now and it's still a work in progress. Just this past July the wife & I slept on an air mattress in the living room for a month while we had the upstairs bedrooms re-plastered. BIG freaking mess.

    I guess when you're finally done then it's time to move.
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    I remember the photos you showed me, it is a beautiful home
    Feel free to post some shots here, won't hurt my feelings any
    Anybody else for that matter
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    You do nice work. That flooring in the bathroom looks almost exactly like what I just put in my lower bathroom, vinyl planking over a heated electric pad, the third and fourth levels are on concrete in MN, you can imagine how it's a refrigerator down here in the winter, but nice in the summer!

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    third and fourth levels?
    Suddenly my projects feels a whole lot easier
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    Quote Originally Posted by Full Otto View Post
    third and fourth levels?
    Suddenly my projects feels a whole lot easier
    Split level house not real big LOL, basement is tiny. I think overall with the 3 car garage I converted to a rec room maybe 2000 square ft or so. Maybe a bit more but not a mansion for sure and my back and knees will curse us for having this house built in 95 instead of a ranch type home.

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    Otto, not sure what's going on but, if you posted pictures in Post #28, they aren't loading for me. I see that info on the bottom left corner of my screen saying "i67.tinypics" but nothing shows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTHunter View Post
    Otto, not sure what's going on but, if you posted pictures in Post #28, they aren't loading for me. I see that info on the bottom left corner of my screen saying "i67.tinypics" but nothing shows.
    That happens to me once and a while
    One thing I try is to hit "reply with quote"
    That will show the codes for the picture.
    I copy the code and hit "cancel" then search using the code in a separate window
    Sometimes works. There's probably better ways to get them but I'm using pretty old stuff here
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    Quote Originally Posted by Full Otto View Post
    That happens to me once and a while
    One thing I try is to hit "reply with quote"
    That will show the codes for the picture.
    I copy the code and hit "cancel" then search using the code in a separate window
    Sometimes works. There's probably better ways to get them but I'm using pretty old stuff here
    That worked. Thanks for the suggestion.
    Now - a couple of questions.
    The picture of the floor with the brown and gray areas. Is that because there are 2 different finishes or is the gray area waiting for its new flooring?
    The picture of the oval mirror with the two sconces - is that for the vanity? If so, where's the plumbing?
    And, the one with the ceiling fan - what are those dark-colored boards in the dormer window doing? Are they temporary braces?
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    Two different finishes. I wanted to keep it as light as I could in the bathroom
    Started out as a tile look but that was delayed so went with the wood look.

    Yeah I'm cutting the vanity now to fit over the beam
    The plumbing will come up through the floor behind the beam with just enough room between the floor joists
    Here's a pic got it in today



    Those boards in the dormer are support and permanent just the way it was built and couldn't get rid of them so I just finished them
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    Quote Originally Posted by Full Otto View Post
    Two different finishes. I wanted to keep it as light as I could in the bathroom
    Started out as a tile look but that was delayed so went with the wood look.

    Yeah I'm cutting the vanity now to fit over the beam
    The plumbing will come up through the floor behind the beam with just enough room between the floor joists
    Here's a pic got it in today



    Those boards in the dormer are support and permanent just the way it was built and couldn't get rid of them so I just finished them
    Nice looking vanity.
    Hope nobody hits their heads on those dormer braces.
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