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Framing is progressing well. I’ve completed framing the interior walls, and now just need to finish furing out the walls where I currently have expose concrete. The hardest part is making sure I’ve got all the jogs and openings planned correctly for the plumbing pipes and wires which are not there yet. There is definitely something soothing about pounding nails a few hours a day. Framing is fun.


I bought a gun today


It’s impossible to hammer a nail through a 2×4 into a concrete floor. Some ways to attach a bottom plate are to use a rotary hammer and anchor bolts, or construction adhesive. The method I chose was to use a powder actuated driver, in essence, a gun. The one a chose cost $45 at lowes and fires a 22 caliber charge into a 3″ nail. I was amazed they sell these things at the hardware store with no 2 week waiting period or license necessary. I’ve never fired this thing through the air, vs. into wood and concrete. But, I don’t see why it would not work. I don’t plan on finding out though. Maybe if I were 14 again.


Demo is complete


After three weeks and 2 40 yard dumpsters, demo is finally complete. Although I still need to rip out the stairs and scrape the linoleum floors in the kitchen and bathroom. The next step is to frame the new walls and call in the plumbing and mechanical ducting guys to move things around for me.

Preliminary Basement kitchen design


Demo is almost done. I finished the kitchen demo yesterday and measured the raw space to see what IKEA cabinets we could use. Lorna and I went down to IKEA today to pick out finishes. We decided on the Nexus Black-brown base cabinets. White laminate countertops, glass tile backsplash, and painted white upper cabinets. I decided to open up the wall between the kitchen and the living room to provide a small bar area.The wall that separates the kitchen from the living room has to be widened in order to allow for new plumbing pipes coming down fro the floor above fro the new master bathroom. So I thought it would be a good idea to use it as an accent wall and celebrate it with color.  The current flooring is natural bamboo in the living room and porcelain tile in the kitchen and entry area.

Basement demo is almost half complete

The weather in Seattle is beautiful again this weekend. Everyone is BBQing and eating great food and I’m stuck in the basement working on the house; and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I exaggerate a bit. Lorna and I are still eating great food. We plan on opening a bottle of Leonetti Cab tonight with some new friends. We’ve completed demo of the laundry room, office, media room, and guest bedroom. Only the guest living kitchen and bath to go! Here’s what the basement looks like today.

demo half done

Demo = boring photos

IMG_4058Today was a continuation of demo. Not much interest in the way of photos. So while I was demoing the basement and loading up dumpster #2. Lorna was perfecting her deconstruction of the Paseo Cuban Roast Sandwich. When I was done for the day, I decided to make myself a sandwich of my own from the scrumptious citrus marinated roast pork she made. The sandwich I created is Dahlia Bakery ficelle buttered and toasted with garlic salt, Lorna’s roast pork, sautéed onions, and a runny fried egg. I enjoyed it immensely!

Plotter space

Now that the walls are clear in the basement, I was doing some layout planning. I can’t decide whether to take space from the Guest Bedroom closet for the location of my plotter in the Office:


Or leave the Guest Bedroom closet unchanged and just add a small bookshelf area to the office.


The plotter scheme is ideal if I were to use the space as my office. But since we plan on reselling this house in the future, I worry that the large jog in the wall of the office will leave an awkward feel to the office.


July 2018
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