It seems that wherever I go, I leave a trail of houses-under-construction in my wake. The picture above, was taken in my ‘wood stove room’ (ie: the room that has our heating source). Because the picture is so well laid out, you probably didn’t notice the bare wood studs on the wall in the background, or the lack of baseboard trim. If we panned the camera up, you couldn’t help but notice the missing trim around the kitchen window. Continuing up the wall to the ceiling, the stalactites of foam insulation would convince you you had ended up in a Star Wars movie set on some alien planet.
My house is perpetually under construction.
My wife is awesome because she puts up with a half-finished house, however, my wife is REALLY awesome because of the object in the middle of the picture. That object sat in our wood stove room for about two weeks. As you can see, there is some drywall and some 2×4 lumber. Kind of an odd object.
Well, if you have followed the saga of my flip, you’ll know that my first contractor is/was a magician. The wall has been replaced, but with the new plan, the wall shifted about 3″ to the left, away from the bathroom.
What you can’t see in the picture above are the two radiators, one in the [former] bathroom (to the right) and one in the master bedroom (to the left). When we decided on the layout for the entire bathroom, we needed slightly more room, about 3″ to be exact. The problem was the radiator in the master bedroom, the radiator was tight to the wall. When the wall shifted, the master bedroom side of the wall ran through the radiator.
We did some head scratching, some measuring, more head scratching, a little more measuring and finally decided to inset the radiator into the wall. The only problem with doing this was painting the wall behind the radiator with the radiator in place.
Our solution was to build the radiator alcove before we built the wall. We built the alcove at the flip, tested to make sure the alcove would fit around the radiator. Once we were sure our plan would work, I took the alcove home and it sat in my wood stove room as I worked to get it finished. I had to mud the corners and screws, sand the mud, mud again, then finally paint the alcove.
Even though I had this random part of a wall sitting in my living room, my wife never complained. I knew she was awesome before. She’s proven she’s REALLY awesome.