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Master Bedroom (Part 1)

July 20, 2010

The master bedroom is going to take a fair amount of work thus the “Part 1” portion of the title. I expect to turn this room into several posts just to keep it moving along nicely. In all fairness the work has begun but has stalled just the same. The master bedroom is one of two bedrooms on the front side of the house. All four bedrooms in the house are on the second floor, two on the front and two on the back.

The wall which hides two windows

The Master bedroom is the room which had two of it’s three windows covered by a sheetrock wall on the inside. Yes, completely covered over by a wall which was built by the previous owner to the owner we bought the house from. We needed to at least have the windows restated as part of the rehabilitation mortgage agreement’s final audit and inspection. After all, these are two of the most prominent windows on the front of the house!

From the outside, the windows simply appeared to have their shades drawn and closed all the time. From the inside … they were non-existent. The photo titled “The wall which hides two windows” is the wall being torn down (by my father-in-law and I) in the photo titled “Exposing the windows”

Exposing the windows

To begin we carefully measured outside to find the windows inside. I took very shallow stabs with a sheetrock saw to be sure I was not cutting near the window glass until we were confident we could locate the windows.

The sheetorck was backed by foil covered styrofoam insulation panels nailed through the plaster wall. And unfortunately to fit the sheetrock and insulation neatly into place, the installers of the wall stripped the inside windows of all its original trim, moulding and the portion of the sills that protrude into the room. A very sad discovery of what I’d say was a poor choice in the first place. I am happy they didn’t glue the insulation in place!  That would have been very damaging to the plaster wall.

Windows complete!

As luck would have it, our neighbor Dave Lieb who works on old houses and furniture for his profession had some old moulding salvaged from a demolition home that came extremely close to matching the other windows in the room. Dave graciously gave me three bundles of the matching moulding for me to use. All that was left now was rebuilding the sills (which I was able to do from some 5/4 white pine), scrape, prime and paint the sashes and re-hang them with new sash cord!

In upcoming posts, Karyn and I will walk you through each day of work on this pink room, from plastering to putting in sash cords, priming and finishing the floors.

9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 20, 2010 7:31 pm

    Wow…y’all rock.

  2. Aunt Donna permalink
    July 20, 2010 11:05 pm

    Idon’t understand whay people would close 2 windows. I love having the light and the ventilation. The room looks great so far!

    • July 23, 2010 10:42 am

      Apparently, they closed the windows up to save on heat! But the view and light is worth the loss of energy in my opinion. 🙂

  3. Aaron Cook permalink
    July 27, 2010 10:13 am

    This house is great, and following along with your progress is a real treat!

    • July 28, 2010 10:13 am

      Hi Aaron! Thanks, glad you’re watching. come and visit sometime!

  4. Allison Eaton permalink
    July 27, 2010 7:56 pm

    Isn’t it crazy what people will do! I’m enjoying your blog-keep it up!

    • July 28, 2010 10:13 am

      Hi Allison!! It is crazy what people do, we’re just lucky we can “Undo” most of it! Thanks for following us! Hope you are well


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