Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Bungalow: Progress on the Deck and Office!

Progress on the bungalow has been a little slower lately because of weather, early darkness and the holidays.  But progress is still being made.

A couple of weeks ago, David built a deck off the back of the house (you can read about it here).  He finished the main part of the deck but wasn't able to finish the walkway from the deck to the garage. He planned to finish it this past weekend but the weather didn't cooperate.  So he came home a little early yesterday and battled the hard, semi-frozen ground to finish the foundation of the walkway.  All that's left now is to put the decking boards on and that'll be easy.

Between the window and the door is a pile of rocks.  Before he was able to lay the foundation, he had to dig up the old sidewalk which was in pretty bad shape.  These are a few of the concrete pieces that are left.

And here's the foundation.  The walkway leads to the detached garage (straight ahead) and to the right is a gate that leads to the driveway and side of the house.
Probably this weekend he'll put on the decking and mark that one off his list.

Office.  When we moved into this house, there was a room off the side of the house that had been added.  It was an awkward room because of the placement of the exterior door.  We considered moving the door but decided that would be way too much work.  Instead, we ended up dividing the room so I could have a small office (you can read about it here).  It seems like a bad idea to divide a room into smaller rooms, but it was the perfect solution for this space.  Not only did it provide a much-needed office space for me, but it also gave the family room definition.

A month or so ago, David put up the wall and installed a pocket door but wasn't able to finish the room.  He normally doesn't start projects without finishing them but he made an exception in an effort to preserve my sanity!  My very naughty chocolate lab, Lucy, was helping herself to my office supplies and equipment and driving me insane.  So David took a break from his scheduled work to throw up the wall and door for me.  I can't tell you what a difference it made in my stress level.

But now it's time to finish the office.  So last night, out of the blue, he decided to remove the closet in the office. Currently we're using it for office supplies and David's work clothes (this house has very few closets).  Removing the closet will allow him to finish the interior drywall and add lots and lots of storage appropriate for an office.  Here's a look:
The office is a rectangular room on the northeast corner of the family room.  The closet is on the west end of the room and my desk is on the east end.  The door to the family room is on the south side.  The room has two windows facing the east and north.  

David's work clothes and shoes.

Office supplies and cleaning supplies, too.

And it's all in the family room.

More closet stuff in the family room.

The closet is going!
The closet is gone!
And this is what it looks like now - but not for long!


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