LOAP Alpha – Installment 3 – The Transition Begins

Remodeling & Design / Friday, February 12th, 2016



The world is full of wonderful places and spectacular buildings. I wouldn’t even try to rank them. Yet, when you think of a beautiful environment where people live, work, and play, Paris is always among the places that come to mind. The first pic is the interior of the Musee d’Orsay, Debra’s favorite museum. Frankly, I can’t remember exactly what the second is but I do remember that it was lovely, peaceful, and imposing in a non-threatening kind of way. We’d like for the LOAP Alpha to inspire a modicum of those feelings when we’re finished. And we’ve finally begun to make some progress.

First, a note about some things that, if you’re ever in a mind to do a bit of remodeling, you should not do. IMG_3289.JPG This picture, obviously, is from the blue bedroom at the rear of the house. Some previous owner decided that there wasn’t enough closet space and decided to add some. So they framed the walls for the new closet right on top of the existing carpet. The arrows show where the floor plates sit right on top of that hideous blue/green/brown carpet. Trust me, this is not the right thing to do.


This pic shows an extension cord – that’s right, a plain extension cord – running from an added light fixture in the hall. This fixture is attached to the drywall of the ceiling with sheet rock screws. It’s not affixed to a ceiling joist, it’s just screwed into the sheet rock. The other end of the cord was spliced into an installed fixture at the other end of the hall ceiling. Amazing.

Remember the front wall where we had started to remove drywall to determine the extent of the termite damage? Here it is, down to the studs:IMG_3258.JPG

And here it is with the insulation batts added:


You can see in the picture above that the batts are running horizontally below the left side of the window. I had to install them that way because the studs in this wall weren’t set on 16″ centers, like they’re supposed to be. The pic below shows how I had to stretch things in other places.IMG_3304.JPG

If you’re framing, please try to use standard spacing – it’ll make things go much more smoothly down the line, even if it’s sixty some years down the line.

And here is the front wall with its new sheet rock:


The insulation and the 1/2″ drywall will make a great deal of difference in comfort and energy conservation. See? Our transitions aren’t all about cosmetics; we’re helping the environment in ways deeper than just aesthetics!

And the planter out front? We got the dirt out of it and it’s waiting to be re-purposed.


Here are a couple of shots of Debra and son Chase discussing placement of kitchen cabinets and electrical outlets:

Remember the TV and mattress that some thoughtful soul deposited in the dumpster? After we had it emptied the first time, another stranger made another deposit, this one kind of sad and creepy:IMG_3278.JPG

The TV at the back (and the box for the new one), I can understand. But who would treat a Care Bear like that?

That hall bath that was so nasty is really shaping up. First, a bit of insulation will make it much more pleasant.IMG_3312.JPG

Here are a couple of shots of the floor tile that Debra selected:

The large-format tile, in addition to the completely different color palette, will add to the complete transformation of this space.

Old floor is removed and new plumbing is installed.

This bath will have a real, installed shower – no more pipes on the outside of the walls. IMG_3387.JPG

The floor has been leveled and is ready for the new tile:IMG_3398.JPG

And now the tub/shower wall sparkles with its new skin – simple, classic, 4″ white tile in a running bond pattern with rich brown trim-tiles to pick up the color from the floor.


As you can see, we’re beginning the fun part of the process, when big changes happen fast.  I hope you’ll stay with us and watch them happen!

Thanks for reading – we really appreciate it.

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