Slow but Steady WALLS!

We have been putting up walls since we returned from vacation. Each wall’s placement must be finalized and the base plate is glued down first. The base plates are weighted and then we wait at least 24 hours to build the floating wall above.

Bathroom base plates

Bathroom base plates

Closet base plates

Closet base plates

The wall between the bathroom and the kitchen was completed today.

Bathroom side of wall

Bathroom side of wall

Kitchen side of wall

Kitchen side of wall

Next to the refrigerator will be a small pantry with a door. The pantry cabinet we have been using is now inside that space. The shelves will be 15 inches deep and the radon pipe is concealed by this closet.

On the bathroom/family room side is the rather strange shaped closet outlined in the above photo. It will also have an 18″ door and the shelves although oddly shaped will be at least 15 inches deep. Perfect for guest linens and towels and maybe a few games.

This small section went in today.

Bath wall section

Bath wall section between vent pipe and utility room

This corner is tricky because the plumbing for the shower, utility room and bathroom come together here and so do the bathroom and utility room walls. Plus there is not a lot of room to work in this corner.

I also put in the base plates in the corner of the pantry closet and we finished installing the 2 x 8 beam for the bathroom hanging wall. Temporary shelf brackets held up the 2×8 while we were installing it. The wall is screwed to the structure above and braced at the two ends.

Braced 2x8

Braced 2×8 from below

Top 2 x 8 plate for floating bathroom wall

Top 2 x 8 plate for floating bathroom wall

The bathroom wall juts out by the width of a 2 x 4 so had to widen the base for the new wall. The new wall will hang from the outside edge of the 2 x 8 and be lined up with the plates installed on the floor that give enough room for the toilet clearance on both sides.

Hopefully we can get this extended wall built and attached to the base plates this week.

We will also need to frame in for a pocket door in the utility room and the kit for installation should be arriving in the next day or two.

With these walls in the house underway we are making progress after our vacation.

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