|Project by Scott Oldre||posted 12-14-2014 03:45 PM||2182 views||6 times favorited||8 comments|
Started this in April this year. I had an 18’ knee wall that just wasn’t doing anything exciting in the room above my garage. So, with my wife’s permissiong (only for this room would she ever give me permission to do “anything”), I took the sawzall and started in on something I couldn’t leave unfinished. Kinda scary. Again, this was a totally new experience to me.
So, took out the wall. Hauled the chunks downstairs past my shaking wife and out to the truck. She said she was not prepared to hear those saws going up there and was cringing at every sound while I was taking those walls out.
I then filled in all the rafter space with air channels, insullation and some of the neatest stuff, Reflectix, a silver coated air bubble stuff that reflects all the heat from the roof back out the roof. Stuff really works.
Then I constructed two identical frame sets and attached to the walls at either end. Joined those two frames for the middle section. Started in on 12 boxes, small ones for the lighted area’s and larger ones for the bookcase sections. Those actually didn’t take too long. Primed and painted the boxes, then finally did a test fit into the 2×4 frames. Only had a couple that needed some belt sander adjustments to fit.
Then came the part I had no clue how to accomplish. The facing and millwork. How to fill in the all the blank area’s and trim work. I chose MDF as the filler, then built up some C- frame boxes for the pillars and topped them with fluted column. Got a massive stair workout with the moulding, measure once, cut three times to sneak up on the exact fit (plus a little caulking to hide any imperfect miters…hey it was my first time).
Lots of hole filling, sanding, priming, painting later, it’s finally everything I’d hoped for and more. The wife didn’t even venture up to look for 3 months….she was too scared of what I might have done to her house. She’s now a huge fan of the room and we spend a lot of time up there.
I have another wall exactly the same on the opposite wall, but I’m most likely not going to do anything of this magnitude with that.
Hope you all enjoy and
-- Scott, Irmo SC