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Rooms Laid Out!

October 22, 2010

To make it easier later, we measured out the rooms and marked the walls on the floor. This is the master bedroom. Our door to the hallway will be right next to the door from our room into the bathroom. The sectioned off area on the right is a closet. Another smaller closet will go on the wall between our room and the bathroom.

This is Elias’ room. As you can see, it is already messy! His room is in a front corner of the house while ours is in a back corner. The level is a wall for the bathroom.

Here you are facing the bathroom in between the two bedrooms. There will be a door from the master on the right and a door facing Elias’ bedroom door on the left. The bathtub will go between the outer wall and the short piece of wood on the right side of the bathroom along our bedroom wall. On this side of the tub goes one of the sinks. Across from that sink, against Elias’ bedroom wall, goes the other sink. Next to that sink goes the toilet. Any left over space will be for storage.

The open space between the bathroom and where I am standing is to be a pantry/storage area. I did not have all the information I needed when I designed it so we are going to have to reconfigure that area later. It will probably be a long back to back area extending out from the end bathroom wall with each side opening into opposite hallways.

This is the third “bedroom”. It will be an office for working out of our home, as well as a sewing/craft, etc. room.

This is the laundry room. It fits between the master bedroom on the left and the kitchen on the right. On the left side coming from the outer wall will be a laundry sink, a toilet and a corner shower. On the other side from the outer wall will be a dryer, then washer and then the water heater in the corner. The outer door will have a window in it (we hope).

This is the kitchen. You can just see the laundry room wall in the lower left corner. In the opposite corner is a door to the outside. Just to the left of it will be a window. The framing looks like two doors at this point. There is a tall narrow window going in just to the right end of the stack of 2×4’s. The long boards in the foreground next to the wood sheeting are not a wall. The kitchen area and the living room area will be one open area.

In this photo, you can see the other side of the stack of sheeting. This is the living room area. On the visible wall, which faces the meadow, there are two tall narrow windows and a sliding glass door. This is the side that looks out over the valley. The 2×4 coming out from the invisible wall is the wall of the office/third “bedroom”.

This is looking from the master bedroom to the living room area.

This is looking from Elias’ room to the kitchen area.

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  1. Byron permalink
    October 23, 2010 4:13 AM

    Things are looking good and coming together. I enjoy looking at the pics of the progress. You probably already know these things but, Just a hint from a retired electrician/contractor; try to keep as much of your water pipes on the inside walls as possible. I have seen many frozen pipes that were run inside of the exterior walls and run in the attic too close to the outside walls close to the eves so that in very cold weather they froze. It is well worth taking the time to insulate the pipes. One to help keep them from freezing and secondly to help keep the cold water pipes from sweating and dripping moisture in the warm weather. Even if you have to run the pipes on the interior side of the outer walls and then box them in it is better than running them inside the exterior of the outside walls. You can never have enough insulation in the attic and make sure that you have good ventilation in the attice on the eves and at each end. I bought a house once that had no ventilation in the attic along the eves and I had major moisture problems in the attic. I installed baffles along the eves between each roof truss and put an exhaust fan in the attic to pull out the moisture in the winter and the excess heat in the summer. Also put in a really good exhaust fan in your bathroom. I installe one that had three speeds. The high speed would almost suck the toilet paper off the roll :). There wasn’t any fan in the bathroom of the house when I bought it and the moisture was building up really bad causing damage to the walls and ceiling. I could probably have built a house from scratch for what I spent repairing and fixing that one up. And make sure the plumbers install what is called a house trap in the sewer line going out of the house. Looks like a bigger version of the water trap under a sink. It will keep the sewer gas from backing up into the drains if the water should evaporate out of the traps. Also install smoke alarms in each bedroom and in the hallway. Electric/battery operated or one of each. They are a nuisance when cooking at times but could save your life. Put in lots of electrical outlets. It is better to have some extra outlets than to run extension cords across the floor to run appliances. Allow for air conditioning units which should have a circuit all of their own for each unit close to where it will be located in a window or the wall.
    Oh yeah, and don’t forget to put in a separate panel or outlet on the outside of the house to run the swimming pool pump and heater 🙂 LOL. Just thinking ahead.
    Just some suggestions from someone who has worked around construction most his life and saw the things that ppl had wished they had done during the construction phase. It is easier to do some things before the walls are sealed than afterward. And laying out the floor before the walls go up is a good idea. I have seen many contractors do that. It is easier to move a mark on the floor than it is to tear a wall down and move it later on 🙂 I worked on one house where the contractor had to tear the bathroom walls and plumbing out three times before it suited the homeowner. Of course, I had to pull out the electrical wiring in that area as well and do it over again three times. I really enjoyed my work but some ppl could drive me to beating my head against the wall at times.
    Just a bit of my experience with working on construction projects.
    God Bless and keep the faith, all things will work out in His time, not ours.
    Byron aka Teddybear

    • October 24, 2010 10:17 PM

      Hey, Byron…thanks for the tips. The house is being built/overseen by a contractor, plus we have an electrician and a plumber. So, thankfully, we are not on our own.

      I read your tips to Dave and he is already familiar with almost all of them. He thanks you for the reminders. They are much appreciated. The one thing he was not familiar with was the house trap for the sewer line…but we bet the plumber is. He’ll ask him about just in case. 🙂

      There will be no water pipes in the outer walls or up in the attic. The crawl space will be insulated and sealed. We are hoping for overhead lights in each room and the hallways, plus we have plenty of outlet boxes so hope to put in plenty of those. Dave would like two on each bedroom wall, plus we want some in each hallway. Love those outlets!

      Gosh…are you sending us a swimming pool and heater? 😉 We would LOVE to have one! LOL

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