Home Office

Yesterday, John began taping and spackling the ceiling in my future home office. This is the smallest of the three original bedrooms. The room faces south and it’s the perfect size for a cozy office.

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This morning, he used the Sawzall to cut the Sheetrock exposing the 3′ x 4′ window overlooking the front yard.

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The small drywall knife came in handy too…

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The light is coming through…

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The original part of the house did not have 2×4 walls. The rooms only had 3/4″ nailing strips nailed in the block with masonry nails. Literally, there wasn’t room for insulation. John put in 2×4 walls that allowed R15 insulation in the new walls along with the outlets, RG6 (TV wire) and CAT6 (communication wire).

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When John added the 2×4 walls and packed them out, he created 6″ deep window sills in all the original three bedrooms. We love deep window sills usually found in old homes.

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The window is now exposed with light flooding in the room. It’s finished with 3/4″ pressure-treated plywood.

My desk will be placed underneath the window.

On the project list is green giant arborvitae lining the road for privacy screening. Since the front yard is in full sun, I’m considering a front yard vegetable garden next year. I recently borrowed an inspiring book from the library called The Edible Front Yard  and now have big ideas.

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The driveway entrance puddles with rainwater and needs to be raised to meet the road (also on the “To Do List”.)

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Deep window sills add dimension to a room and makes a home extra special.

6 thoughts on “Home Office

  1. My Grandma lived in an old house that had deep marble- topped windowsills. They were great for little kids who wanted to help water her plants- much easier for her to wipe up the spills! The house is looking great, and I am just amazed at the amount of work you and John are doing yourselves. You will love it even more because you did it together!

  2. Just looked at a Youtube video about green giant arborvitae, and it said it got 6′ deep and 20′ high. That’s a chunk of real estate! And won’t it shade your garden quite a bit? Maybe shade is not a problem for what you plan on growing. It’s a big deal here in AK, believe it or not.

    1. We had green giant arborvitae at our previous house and loved it. The front lawn bakes in the sun so I don’t think the arborvitae will interfere with the sunlight and where the garden will be located.

  3. With that much sun a front garden is perfect. They can be quite attractive. They are also quite traditional pre WWI since lawns for everyone only came into tradition after WWII. It used to be only the wealthy had front lawns. Everyone else had edible landscapes. They’re coming back. There are movements out there that will come evaluate your yard, plan an edible landscape and even install it. I’m slowly doing it. I have a grapevine over my pergola instead of the wisteria I had planned. Harvested this year. I’ll be taking out an ornamental plum and replacing it with an orange tree.

    Replacing your driveway with a permeable surface at the same time you change the grade would be good too. I replaced my driveway with small concrete blocks attached to a mesh that allowed rain water to soak in rather than run off. Much better for the environment. There are plenty of different ways to do it. Pavers is another way to go. My system is called drivable grass. I got mine at Home Depot.

    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Drivable-Grass-Concrete-Buff-Tan-Grass-Mat-35221/202535794

    It allows you to plant ground cover in between so that the driveway looks green like a lawn. You can also put gravel or something else between but I think something living is better for the environment and looks more pleasing.

    It’s hot and dry here. I’m hoping if we get enough rain this winter I might be able to dig up my front yard, reconfigure the irrigation system and put in four raised beds. I’m just waiting for the rains. Without them the ground is simply too hard.

  4. The progress is amazing!
    I have a vegetable garden hidden amongst my flowers and other greenery.
    Can’t wait to see what you do!

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