We framed out the door going into the laundry room, which will have a sliding door that we will make using a slab we bought on our recent trip to the salvage store and a sliding track kit.
We are adding a closet in the hallway in order to take advantage of the wasted space in the hallway. We will use this to store our out of season jackets and seasonal decor.
We had purchased a pre-hung door from the salvage store, thinking that would be easier on us being newbies...and it was...sort of. We took so much time getting our framing accurate, measuring and re-measuring to make sure the door would fit. My husband educated himself from various articles and videos on the internet so when the time came to hang it, we would get it right.
We were so proud of ourselves! It took us no time to get the door in, leveled, and plumb, and nailed in place. We removed the cardboard pieces that were stuck around the door, keeping it shut (so we thought) and got ready to test the door....it would not open. (Seriously??!!) So after quite a bit of investigation, which included taking the molding off from around the door frame so we could see the sides, we determined there were little nails tacking the door in. So, we had to take the door completely out, remove the nails and start over. (Whomp whomp...sad face)
We probably should have noticed the nails, but we are just regular DIY'ers doing this for the first time, and we didn't. I will risk being laughed at if it keeps one of y'all from making the same mistake. So that's my #1 tip....make sure the door will open BEFORE you nail it in.
Anyhow, we eventually got the door back in and the molding reattached. Yes, it will require touch up and additional trim to fix what we broke, but the door opens and shuts, so I am happy!
Speaking of the Big Room...my hubby got ambitious one Saturday and removed that large, hideous duct work running across the entire room. We are taking it down back to the wall so we can keep from having a ceiling you can touch. He also knocked down all the pieces of wood that was holding up the dropped ceiling. It made SUCH a big difference; the room feels so open!
|Before: Framing to hold dropped ceiling|
|After: Ceiling without dropped framing|
I am excited that we finally have actual rooms (and a door) and that we are getting closer to being able to hang drywall!
Check out the other posts in this series:
And So it Begins...
Let the Framing Begin
More Plumbing and Electrical