Friday, September 24, 2010

Who Does This?

So a while back i mentioned we had a boarded up window in the back of the house. That window would have looked onto our bath tub. But i guess for privacy sake, the previous owners decided to put a sheet of plywood over it on the outside and tile over it on the inside as if it were never there.

They must have been in some kind of hurry for privacy, because they didn't even remove the curtains before they closed up the window and tiled over it. Here's what i found during the demo. Okay seriously, who does this?

After replacing the window with a new frosted double hung one from Home Depot, i framed up a little shelf which will hold all of my wife's lotions and potions, i re-insulated, installed new vapour barrier, cement board and a marble shelf, then i tiled the heck out of everything. Et voila!

Kind of a Big Deal

It's been a while since i last posted, not for lack of progress or things to share, but more out of being busy trying to complete the second floor reno before the baby comes. Anyhow, last night i made a lot of progress on something my wife and i have been dreaming of having for a long time. To many it will probably not seem like much, but for those of us who live in old Victorians it's actually kind of a big deal. It's our new linen closet.

If you'll recall from this post, our toilet and a bidet use to sit in a 5 foot deep alcove. We decided we didn't need the bidet and instead we would move the toilet forward so that the alcove could be half as deep. This allowed us to create a linen closet accessible from the hallway. Here's the hallway before:

After cutting out the hole for the doorway:

In the process, we discovered something, there used to be a window right beside our toilet, which we always had the blinds down on. Once the blind was removed, it turned out that particular window let in the most light of all the windows in our house:

But alas a window at the back of the closet made no sense, so we had Castle Rock Masonry brick it up from the outside, while i framed the interior:

To finish our closet i used bead board to panel the interior...

I then ripped a cedar fence board in half and used it to make cleats:

Then i used some more cedar fence boards to create shelves (gotta tell you, we love the smell of the cedar):

Here's the almost finished product:

Just have a little more trimming out to do, and that will be another project off the list.