May 19, 2016

Halfway Point: House on High

I thought I’d share a quick progress update on our house in Old Sagamore!

While a lot has happened since we started construction back in March, most of it has been the boring, behind the scenes mechanical stuff. Nothing too worthy of photographs on a blog. But alas, a more noticeable improvement has gone up at the house this past month: the master closet addition!

four stages of the room addition in  mission hills by scovell wolfeThis was a pretty last minute decision by my husband and I to even do this addition, but it’s shaping up to be one of the things I’m most excited about.

If you recall, the master bedroom had just two small closets on the south end of the home.

master closets before scovell wolfe remodel in old sagamore

My one, desperate plea to my husband was no matter what we do in the house, can we please move laundry up out of the basement! But the only solution within the existing footprint of the second level was to house the new laundry in one of those two tiny master closets, leaving us with just one to share! Not the end of the world, but far from ideal!

Enter: The flat-roof deck off the master bedroom. It was totally charming, but as I explained in my last post on this issue, we determined it to be pretty inessential. As much as we wanted to believe we’d use it, we just really couldn’t see ourselves perched up out there looking over our neighbors’ yards and homes! So the plan was hatched to build out over the deck and use the space as both a closet and laundry room.

To make that happen we tore off the existing flat-roof and reframed.

IMG_1277Below is a shot of our first floor dining room. It was above its ceiling that the old deck sat.

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IMG_1288Here’s one of our carpenters – James – working on framing in the new room. You might notice a framed out spot for a window on the left. In order to keep the exterior of the house looking uniform and aesthetically balanced from the street, we’ve placed a window there. However, in the end, we sheet-rocked over the window in favor of more closet rod hanging space. Kind of a bummer! But what’s a closet without lots of uninterrupted wall space?

IMG_1292Back inside, here we are in the master bedroom looking south at the addition.

IMG_1463In some ways, I guess you could say that we still are using what was one of the original closets as the laundry room. But we’ve expanded it by a few feet beyond the old closet’s footprint and reoriented the entrance.

IMG_1467Sheetrock went up last week which to me signifies the turning point in almost any project. It’s that moment where things begin to get put back together. Glory, glory! We were totally ready for the place to look halfway decent again! It was becoming hard to even imagine it habitable!

IMG_7343For the laundry room (which you’ll access through our closet) we’re reusing the french door that once walked out onto the deck. Hopefully it won’t stick out like a sore thumb, but my goal is to bring some of the original elements of the home into this brand new space to make it look a little less brand new!

IMG_7340So, not the most exciting post, but a little update nonetheless. Our carpenters have been busy all week trimming out the closet and affected rooms. Hardwoods get installed tomorrow! Then in just 7 days our kitchen cabinets are due to arrive! I can’t hardly believe it!

But I can’t just leave you with a post exclusively full of not-so-hot looking pictures. So close your eyes for a moment and imagine if my laundry room turned out even halfway as beautifully as this one by Urban Grace

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