When we purchased our home in 2013; it was at the bottom of the market. So much so- that the previous owners of this house did not finish their addition to the garage/great room above the garage. The builders sold it to a Graduate Student, who in turn sold it to Sam and I.
We knew we wanted a home improvement project… but had no clue as to what was in store for us. This house of ours sucks up every last penny in our budget. But we are getting SO close to being finished now!!
We affectionately named this great bare room Valhalla, and it started as an empty shell.
The steps we’ve taken to finish this room includes: framing in walls,
And attic soffits,
wiring lights and outlets,
installing drywall, using a drywall jack,
mudding and texturing,
painting and installing molding, (see my post on my master bedroom painting and molding)
building closet storage (check out our awesome Walnut closet built ins!)
and we now come to the beginning of the end of our 460 sqft living room.
Here are some progress photos over the past month:
Sam began texturing the ceiling on July 14th:
The texturing was almost complete and we added the last of the drywall around the walls on July 19th:
And after taping, and level 5 mudding the walls, sanding, painting the ceiling(and installing 1 last door) we are brought to this place today, August 12th:
After years of periodic work on this room, we can see the end in sight! Our goal within the next few months is:
- Finish sanding
- Prime the walls
- Paint the walls (2 tones of gray)
- Install a built-in window bench under the window on the right side
- Install built in shelving between the two doors
- Install floating shelves on the large right wall
- Start installing the chair rail and crown molding
Begin the Bathroom:
- Find 2 matching vanities
- Purchase and Install toilet
- Purchase and Install mirrors
- Install returns to the septic tank
- Finish plumbing the water
- Hang drywall/cement board
- Tile the bathtub
And the very last step for the entire room:
I hope to achieve all of these tasks by the end of the year. Think we can get it done?
Wish us luck!
With Love, Erika Nora