|Project by SteveB||posted 1616 days ago||1784 views||6 times favorited||11 comments|
This was my first project, converting a den and dining room into a library and office. Luckily I had some help.
The shelf unit is fifteen feet long and ten feet high. The client insisted it be made from MDF. Lesson: don’t use caulk to fill joints.
The library entrance off the foyer used to be just an arched opening. No standard door size would fit the opening, so we built a transom and sidelites. Lesson: I cut cardboard templates for the glass, fitting them exactly to the opening, and told the glass company to cut the glass 1/4” smaller. They cut it to match the pattern exactly, so it had to be recut. The other door went in like a dream.
I cut a trench through the slab and installed a floor outlet. Lesson: Seal off the room before making dust so you don’t have to clean the whole house. Other lesson: Don’t do electrical work.
I laid the slate floor, using slate the customer bought at Home Depot for 99 cents a foot. Lesson: Don’t let the client buy the slate. They got barely-gauged slate that was covered with mud coming out of the box. I had to clean and seal all of it before I laid it. Some pieces were shaped like a saddle—high on two opposite corners and low on the other two.
-- Steve B - New Life Home Improvement