The House on Hilltop Farm BLOG is a record of the progress on a home we are building ourselves. We bought the land in 2007, and started building the house in 2010. We lived in one room, 550 square feet, in the basement while we built the house above us. We moved on the main level of the house in February 2016. We decided blogging is the best way to record our journey. I'm glad to have you join me.
Friday, March 17, 2017
Upstairs cozy nook and behind the scenes
I'm going to show you a secret! When you go to someone's home, and you see a partial wall sticking out, such as this one (below), it's usually because there is something inside it such as plumbing or heat duct. Sometimes you will notice a "box out" along the top of a ceiling. That's usually heat duct. This is in the closet that we enlarged upstairs. We had to run some plumbing from the bathroom below it, which is right below it. So we had to make a box out. I'll show you more after it is dry walled.
The other side of the box out.
Behind this closet door is alllllllll attic. Lots and lots of attic. With lots and lots of insulation.
Had we decided to enlarge this closet, and it was in the original plans, we wouldn't have had to add to it later. As it were, we had to add a partial wall, (we- as in Dave!) which was a bit tricky. We also had to remove the original 2x4's the carpenters installed and add support beams below the floor. I tried to find that post from a couple of years ago, but couldn't find it. We had to do it before we enclosed the ceiling on the main level.
Anyway, Dave loves a challenge and he finished the wall.
I thought I would show you some of the behind the walls stuff that goes on in a home.
Lots of wiring.
Lots of plumbing
Also lots of duct work, and insulation.
This is a space that he made for a cold air return, which will be in the upstairs foyer ceiling.
And here is the closet now.
It looks very much like a cozy nook, and I love it! Dave reinforced the support beams across the top. He calls that "putting the love into the house."
This is from standing inside the closet looking across the foyer. The bathroom is across from the closet.
That's it for now. There is always so much behind the scenes stuff that goes on to building a home. I know it's a bit boring, but if we didn't need wiring, plumbing, or heat, or support beams it would go a lot faster!