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    Family Room Project

    My current project is opening up our living room to our sun room to make the room seem a little bigger and help with the layout, which my wife has never liked.

    As it was, there was a series of windows between the living room and sun room (which was original to the house). As it is our couch and two chairs sit in front of those windows, there is a glare on the tv during the day (which is on the opposite wall), and the fire place can't be enjoyed as it's off to the side.
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    Our plan is to remove the windows, closing the two smaller openings off and opening the larger one as a entry into the sun room. The tv will be moved to where the smaller window was on the left and make the it and the fire place a focal point of the room. I have lots of options for built-in cabinets, but those will come later.
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    I actually started this project several weeks back, removing drywall from the sun room side and re-routing electrical and preparing for what I needed to do for opening up our living room to the sun room. Today I removed the windows and opened it up. Got the rest of the framing done, including replacing two cripples, and electrical done. Will go get some drywall tomorrow to get ready for taping and mudding.

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    Will also start pulling up carpet around the edges tomorrow, so my lovely assistant/painter can start priming trim for paint. Once the painting is done I'll be starting on the floors.
    Last edited by Darren Wright; 01-12-2014 at 05:44 AM. Reason: typo
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    I like the revision to your house layout. Gives you more wall space and adds access between the two rooms.
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    Looking forward to watching this one as it progresses, Darren.
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    does look like a better plan darren, that must be a bearing wall that is separating the two. seems like a wasted space previously and i would try to open it up completely if you could..
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    I consired replacing the three individual headers with one micro-lam, but SWMBO over road that proposal. She has a pretty good eye for design, so will trust her on it, besides it's a lot less work for me this way, have a bunch to do as it is.

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    Looks like a great plan, Darren. I'm looking forward to seeing your updates on the project.
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    I am beginning to think you should have just built a new house on that property and knocked the old one down. You either love this work or are a sucker for punishment. Best of luck with the reno, that fireplace unit in the middle sure causes a lot of space on one side of the house to be awkward to use eh. I think you making the most of the canvas you have, if i recall you not putting down roots there forever so why look for more grief with the headers. This way you can be in and out and have a good effect on the place.

    Just a curiosity whats with the half wall or is it something else.
    cheers

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    Rob, I think she's using the old adage of "keep him busy or he'll keep you busy". For the most part, this isn't my retirement home, but need to make some sweat equity improvements where we can for some return. I think we'll be building the next one and planning to stay for the long haul in it.

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    I think your changes will make it a much friendlier living area. Aesthetically it should be fun to do the interior designing.

    Is there a change in floor level between the two areas?

    A word of advice, "You cannot have too many electrical outlets."

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