Here's where we ended up after some work here and there over the fall, winter, and spring. The wiring was run outside for the new exterior light. We also beefed up the number of outlets in the room by running some under the new windows.
You can barely see the new outlets peeking out from behind the mess and insulation.
More outlets under the windows.
It is definitely a mess in progress.That brings us to yesterday where work began again since the biking season for Ohio Randos has slowed down a bit. Walls were measured, calculations were made, and drywall was purchased. It was a hot, muggy day, but that didn't slow down the dry-walling machine that is my husband. We even had some "help" from the little girls at times. The ceiling panels were all cut and mounted successfully. Dyrwall - Day One is Complete.
Let's look back at that to-do list shall we?
Tear out the existing screening, door, and framing Remove the ratty, green, plastic carpet Remove the siding that is inside the screened porch Frame out the new walls with 2x6 wood so we can pack in more insulation (plus the corner beam is a 6x6 so we thought it would be better to have the wall depth match and cover the beam) Install HUGE new windows (which will have a nice deep sill on the inside thanks to the 2x6 framing) and a new glass door that is bigger than the teeny tiny one we have now Install siding on the outside that matches our current siding (Although, we have discussed changing out all the siding for something with more interest. We're tired of beige and white houses. That is further in the future though.) Tear-out of the old plywood inside the room- nope, just going to drywall right over it Additional tear out of the ceiling "siding" and all the exterior trim that can be removed Run new outlets and wiring for the room since it was a screened porch and currently has one outdoor outlet Move the exterior light next to the slider outside to the deck- Um, yeah. The husband kind of gave away our old light so we'll be shopping for a new one Reinsulate the walls and ceiling- this will only be insulate the new walls because the original walls do have insulation
- Drywall (in progress)
- Paint - there have been suggestions for painting it purple, but I'm thinking we may end up boring and pick a white with a warm tint.
Install electric underfloor heating - decided to tie into the heat duct that runs up to our youngest daughter's room- Doesn't appear to be an option now and we have decided to skip adding any heating and possibly putting a small space heater or electric baseboard one in if we find that the room gets too cold for use in the winter.
- Find some kind of flooring that we can agree with (
husband wants tile, I want cork) - After researching over the winter and gaining more flooring knowledge we are agreeing on cork now and will be installing the flooring ourselves for the first time ever.
- Install a ceiling fan to keep the room cool during the warm months
since there isn't any HVAC ducting to it - we'll still install a fan to keep it comfortable when the windows are open
- Figure out some kind of table and seating arrangement (banquette, benches, round table with chairs, etc.)