Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tom Silva? Norm Abrams? No..Mr. Sprinkles

Just ran across these photos I took this past spring while doing some restoration work on a window.  I had a little help from my friend, Mr. Sprinkles.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Garage Transformation Part II

The garage transformation continues.  After what seemed like an eternity of mudding and sanding, I applied a sealer to the bare drywall to prepare the surface for paint.  Next, I extended the color scheme of the interior out to the garage.  I installed baseboards to provide a nice set-off and living space feeling.  Finally, I began installing window sills/casings with a new coat of paint.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Garage (Man Cave) Transformation Begins

The garage is our latest demolition area.  After two years as serving as a disorganized yet functional base camp for interior woodworking/remodeling projects, it was high time the garage got its turn at a manly makeover.  Code in NC only requires the walls that correspond to an interior room to have insulation and drywall.  This had to change - bare studs are not appealing and the garage was freezing in the winter.  The result was a bonus room above the garage with uncontrollable temps and a cold place for woodworking.

The first step was insulation...and alot of it.  R13 in between the wall studs and R19 in the attic/ceiling.  This alone has already made a big difference in temps in the bonus room and garage.

The next step was to hang drywall.  As usual, I'm a one-man show on my remodeling projects so I've spent two solid weekends cutting, hanging, and mudding floor to ceiling.  The drywall is 5/8" fire rated so it is super heavy - taking about 1400 lbs of drywall for this project alone.  Below are some pics of the progression.

Drywall is but the first step here...epoxy flooring, base moldings, decorative paint design, new lighting, insulated garage doors, etc. all to come on this big project.  The ultimate goal is to have a clean, crisp, organized space for the cars that will also double as a woodworking area...not to mention an extra place to hang out and watch the game.  

Pretty much buttoned up at this point...installed new electrical outlets in anticipation of under-shelf lighting over my workbench...and hopefully a flat-panel television at the top outlet for a man-cave touch.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Parents Visit

My parents recently visited us.  We spent one day on the coast visiting Wrightsville Beach and Wilmington.  We highly recommend the Oceanic restaurant if you are over in this area.