Starting in late 2015, we decided it was time to start yet another construction project.
THE GOOD ENOUGH HEADQUARTERS GAME ROOM.
Here’s some picture to show our progress.
The fireplace was non-functional, so to add some needed room, we removed it.
Well over 30 garbage cans full of demo material. Our Garbage collector was not pleased with us for quite a few months.
Chimney liners. We saved them. We may use them for planters or something on a later project.
Tearing down the ceiling to raise it, maybe 12 “
First attempt at framing for the mini shelves. We later ripped this out to move the wall back 5 inches to gain chair space at the table.
This wall was originally just going to have some light drywall work. Later we rip it out to gain about 6 inches for chair space on the other side of the table.
Home Depot Cabinets. ON SALE!
Ikea display cases. A bit pricey but quicker than trying to build them ourselves.
We thought we were doing pretty well at this point, but we had no idea.
While the ceiling was out we put in the plastic ventilation channels, It was always boiling hot in the attic, so this was step one in the fix. The plan was to later replace the roof (in 5-10 years) and then put in a ridge vent.
The floor was not level due to earlier construction downstairs which raised the floor a bit. We had also moved the staircase 10 years earlier and the plywood cover for the old staircase was not even with the flooring. We wanted to put in laminate flooring, so it had to be level.
More on that later.
Ceiling framing complete.
Time to level. This took about 3 weeks.
Mock Table to see what kind of clearance we could expect. It looks good, but we planned to put in a row of Kallax shelves on one wall, so we decided to move the walls….. To save cost, we reused much of the materials we removed.
This is the space we gained by moving back the wall….
So when I bought this place 20 years ago, the attic was a small apartment. There was a small bathroom with a tub, but there were leaks and you would hit your head on the ceiling when you stood up. The kitchenette was from the 50’s and the walls were just a bit better than cardboard. So I ripped it all out and fixed it up. We are ripping all the out for this conversion…. Anyway we have only had one bathroom in the house for 20 years with four people. So another bathroom was mandatory for this project.
Potty placement test #1
Measure 20 times to make sure Shelf framing is correct…. maybe 30 times.
Luckily, I had the foresight to run drain and supply lines upstairs when I redid the downstairs bathroom 15 years ago. All I had to do was uncap and hook in the new pipes.
You can see kitchenette layout coming together. We decide not to put in a sink as finding a way to run a drain line would have been…. expensive and time consuming.
Shelf wall framed.
Move and re-frame Mini wall.
This is where we spend our Saturdays and Sundays. Working and thinking… then working more and re-thinking.
Mini Shelves installed (again). My brother Steve suggested that we fill the wasted space below the shelves with drawers. Why have wasted space?
A couple hundred dollars later, they are in.
My wife then Banned Steve from coming upstairs until the project was complete. He has great ideas, but we were so done at this point, new ideas were not in the schedule or budget.
One of many Catscans completed throughout the project. We passed.
Okay… This may seem a bit extravagant, but there was no place to put a TV. Luckily we already had a TV. So after some google searches, we found a TV lift for a reasonable price. I learned from all my past projects. If you think it will be cool and you really want it. Put it in your budget and save up till you have the cash. Here we are making sure the lift is located correctly in the up position as not to hit the ceiling. – No Regrets.
No place for a fat man.
Left room for a Mini fridge. We were hoping to find one on sale. So we framed for the size we wanted and left some extra room. Fingers crossed.
We found a place on ebay that had copper sinks. It was comparable to the price of regular sinks, maybe 10-20% more, but we caved and went with the cool factor.
Cart we found online at target. Of course it was 50% off so we grabbed it to be our bathroom vanity. We modified it a bit, but the price was right and it went with our steampunk/industrial/Fantasy theme.
Bathroom Framing is underway
Potty placement test #2
So… How can we cheaply do some shelf accent lighting?
Buy LED connectors & lights, DC converter, Drawer pulls ($30 from China), and some 18 gauge lamp wire (everybody has this laying around). Then a few days worth of work (Free). more to come….
A floor evac toilet would not work in the space we had available. So we went with a rear Evac (euro style). We found it online at a good price. Most of these are a bit pricey, but we found one relatively reasonable with some fancy design. It’s not like we really had a choice anyway.
NOW THIS was a wise investment. Bluetooth speakers. These work great! We can play music and sound effects.
Got them here: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00RHI7LN2/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s01?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Sliding Door install check
This is our Dining/Game room for the last few years. It worked great but it was tight.
Rotten Deck – Removal was not in the plan, but necessary for safety.
So…. A wind storm came through the area and tore up a bunch or roof’s. Our insurance was going to cover the replacement, so this opened up an opportunity to put in the Ridge vent we needed and a good time to replace the skylights. Once again this was an added expense we did not budget for, but I got a good deal for the roof replacement and the whole mess ended up being a wash from a $ perspective.