Before & After Photos: Smallest Bedroom

Smallest Bedroom

BEFORE: March 2015

When this house was constructed in the 1950’s, the interior/perimeter walls were constructed with 2″ wide wood strips which were less than an inch thick. They were nailed to the block cavity walls with cut (concrete) nails. It was done this way because walls weren’t insulated back then.

When John gutted the rooms in the house, he discovered a paper thin vapor barrier under the old-style drywall– it was the extent of insulation which was basically nothing.

In 1965 wall insulation became code, but back then, the insulation was 2-inch thick R-8. 

When we renovated our previous house, which my Grandfather built during the depression, we discovered a wool-like material in the walls. Someone told us that it was rock wool aka slag wool and that it was used as insulation in the late 1800s and then as batting insulation in the 1950s. 

BEFORE: 2016

After John gutted the rooms, he added 2×4 walls so the bays had plenty of depth for the R-15 insulation. 

R-value is the measure of resistance to the flow of heat; the higher the R-value, the better insulation.

AFTER: Yesterday

BEFORE: March 2015

I took this photo standing in the bedroom with the south wall to my left.

And, yesterday, standing in the same spot. 

The very same spot where Coco is lying down curious about the new floor.

The closet door required extra shims to achieve the 1/8″ reveal on the handle side.

We exclusively shop at Home Depot because it’s close and convenient, but in October, we went to Lowes for fencing where we discovered a better selection and much better prices. So yesterday, I said to John, let’s go back to Lowes to see what they have in stock for baseboard and trim. We found what we wanted along with better prices. So off to Lowes we go… 

One Year Ago Today: Before & After Photos

One year ago today, John installed high hats in the new (addition) master bedroom wing. In this photo he’s installing one in the hallway.

The high hat to the right is at the entrance to the walk-in closet and master bath.

  1. imageHere’s the hallway today after electrical, HVAC (heating & cooling duct work) insulation, drywall and spackling–it’s now ready to be painted.
  2. imageWe covered the HVAC feed on the floor with a green furnace filter to prevent debris from falling down the duct. We did this throughout the house. I think it’s the most inexpensive way to temporarily cover ducts while doing renovation work. Just cut them to size.
  3. imageEach high hat (can) is about $20 each at Home Depot. John installed about 70 throughout the house for a total of $1400.00.
  4. imageInstalling a high hat to the left of the French doors in the master bedroom.
  5. imageHow it looks today! There’s the high hat on the left that John was installing in the previous photo.

I’m thinking about painting the master bedroom a light shade of blue. But first the kitchen needs to be painted.


For Kitchen & Bath: Recycled Glass Countertops by Vetrazzo

The other day when I was in the kitchen and bath showroom I came across recycled glass countertops. There were several samples in various blue hues.


The sparkling surface is comprised of 100% recycled glass (85% by volume). Vetrazzo uses colorful art glass, beer bottles and jars to create countertops that are more like centerpieces.


And each piece has a story…


I focused on blue hues…


White with gray hues is pretty too, possibly for a bath vanity…


It’s one more option added to the list…


The Bryant Furnace is Hooked Up!


Here’s our new Bryant furnace which was installed on Friday. A temporary thermostat is installed to the right of it. We turned it on and heard it fire up but we had to turn it off because the house still needs to be sealed up. John has to install the exterior Hardie trim, seal all the window and door jambs with low expansion foam sealant, and of course, the big job of insulating the entire house followed with drywall.

Here’s a quick video I found on Fine Home Building showing how to use low expansion foam around doors and windows.

Tomorrow, the electrical inspector will do the rough electric inspection. If we pass, we can begin insulating. After the insulation is installed, we’ll then drywall. After the work is completed and the house is nice and tight, we’ll be able to turn the shiny, new furnace on.

Once the house is heated, we’ll then have running water flowing through the colorful PEX pipe waterlines. Evan, our plumber, we’ll soon be installing our 50 gallon water heater too. We’ll be able to turn on faucets and have the luxury of modern day plumbing.