Great Room-BEFORE pics

I know, I know…all I ever give you guys is Before pictures, never any Afters. But here’s the thing…Everyone expects before pics to look bad. I am not a great photographer, so my after pics never make anything look as good as it feels.

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I’m so excited about this new project, Zach’s most ambitious yet. He tore down the wall between the dining room and second parlor in order to make a great room!

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In doing so, he came across a LOT of foolish, dangerous mistakes made by previous homeowners, including THREE joists in a row that have been cut almost entirely through to accomodate sewer pipes. Can you guess what sits atop two of these two-thirds-gone joists?…That’s right, the bathtub. *Shudder*.

So, he had to build a weight-bearing wall to fix this problem. When it was built, it looked so much like a chimney that we have decided to put a mantel and gas fireplace there, and hang some artwork or a nice mirror over it. Can you picture it?

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He’ll enclose part of the shaft as a cold-air return to vent the upstairs . Those big silver vents run heat/ac to the second floor bedrooms and future attic playroom. The left-hand side will be a cleverly concealed,  tall, narrow closet.

We’ll be closing a narrow door on the opposite wall:

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and raising an archway of a bigger doorway:

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Which means moving all the switches so that they make sense with the new orientation.

Zach found an old stovepipe chimney, and we’re still toying with the idea of putting a wood-burning stove into that taped off front parlor. Maybe we’d be going a little overkill with the romance of Fire, there. But we probably will at least leave some of that brick exposed and do something artsy. I’ll keep you posted.

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Can I tell you how happy I am to have a husband who can do all this stuff? And DOES IT! Despite my ridiculous whining about living in construction dust. The man is a saint. A talented SAINT.

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7 Responses to “Great Room-BEFORE pics”


  1. 1 husband February 6, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    My work, all mine. Yup I’m pretty amazing.

  2. 2 painted fish studio February 6, 2009 at 5:30 pm

    damn. damn. damn. you are one lucky lady! do you want to know how much i paid to have that much work done on my house? do you? no. and yet, i’m considering doing it again to 2 more rooms, but the dust and mess really drive me nuts.

    do hope to see after pics!

  3. 3 maria February 6, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I’m totally jealous. Not of the man so much as the house to do the work on. Oh, and I’m jealous that Zach gets to have all this fun! (Though I am sure it’s quite a lot of work, too.)

  4. 4 Aimee February 13, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    You guys are going to have the fanciest house around. I think a fireplace will look really cool in that room. I can’t wait to see the after pics!

  5. 5 Sonya February 14, 2009 at 11:41 pm

    I can see it! When does Zach want to come back and help us with our bathroom? You guys are about due for a visit.


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