New Year, New Walls!

Sometimes you just need a little more room, and what better time to blow out some walls than right after you’ve been cooped up with family for the holidays!

With our first big project of the new year we’re pushing the knee walls back about three feet on each side of this master bedroom to make room for a desk and bookshelves. There’s even some talk about getting crazy and putting a couch up here.

While the work moves along on the new knee walls we’re also opening a wall out in the hallway to change the direction of a small stairwell. This house has about 75 tiny sets of stairs and much of a pain as hauling drywall up and down and up again, these stairs were awkward and made access to the attic incredibly inconvenient.

We remembered to snap a picture of how the stairs were laid out so you can see that the stairs go up directly into the wall with the landing of the attic space to the right. With that kind of awkward maneuvering the attic space was unusable for storing anything substantial. Did I mention that this house doesn’t have a basement? There’s just a crawlspace so this attic is the only serious storage it offers.

The new stairs will run parallel to the staircase leading up to the hallway, and we’ll be reusing that door on the right. Once we rebuild the stairs they’ll extend past the existing wall, so that means more drywall fun.

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Trial & Error at the Derby Living Room Remodel

From country bumpkin to rustic modern, we’re finding our way through this living room update!

When we remodeled Lynn and Bill’s kitchen and dining room a couple years ago we ran some board & batten to dress things up. Now that we’re back updating the living room (and a few other rooms) we wanted to continue that into the living room to add something to the space.

Originally we wanted to go higher than in the other rooms to offer a better look at it with all the furniture, but once it was up, Lynn and few others who got a sneak peek weren’t sure higher was better. Looking into the kitchen and dining room from the living room you would see the batten board in both rooms, and since this was going to be the only wall in the living room to have it, that’s really what it needed to tie together.

And we had to agree—it would work better staying consistent even if that meant loosing some visibility behind the couch.

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January 17 Project Update:

Here’s the final version of the batten for the living room. We brought it down to the same height as the kitchen and dining room, and painted everything.

Lynne has promised us pictures once all her new furniture is in and we can’t wait to see the finishing touches to transform this project!

Trial & Error at the Derby Living Room Remodel

From country bumpkin to rustic modern, we’re finding our way through this living room update!

When we remodeled Lynne and Bill’s kitchen and dining room a couple years ago we ran some board & batten to dress things up. Now that we’re back updating the living room (and a few other rooms) we wanted to continue that into the living room to add something to the space.

Board and Batten in living room Board and batten in living roomOriginally we wanted to go higher than in the other rooms to offer a better look at it with all the furniture, but once it was up, Lynn and few others who got a sneak peek weren’t sure higher was better. Looking into the kitchen and dining room from the living room you would see the batten board in both rooms, and since this was going to be the only wall in the living room to have it, that’s really what it needed to tie together.

And we had to agree—it would work better staying consistent even if that meant loosing some visibility behind the couch.

Visit us at preferredserviceswny to see more of this home improvement story and find out how it all turns out!