Greengate Ranch Remodel
Remodeling a Daylight Ranch in Oregon

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Hallway Remodel #1

The most unfortunate feature of our house is (now was) the long, dark hallways. The one in the basement is 3 feet wide, 27 feet long, with a 7' 4" ceiling height. The main air ducts run right above the ceiling, and the outer wall is a central load-bearing one - so there is no changing this.

As the diagram shows, we are getting rid of as much of the hallway as possible and turning it into storage closets.

Here is a picture of the hall before the remodeling started. Its about as claustrophobic as you can get as still meet code (at least in the 1970's)

Before doing any drywall removal, I like to draw the full layout on the wall with a sharpie. I mark all the existing studs, as well as the new positions. This gives me the chance to make sure everything is going to land where it should. In this case, I moved the closet door 2 inches toward the bedroom door to maximize the room for the bed. A little extra time saves a lot of work later...

I have learned the hard way, do not just start cutting into the wall. I like the reciprocating saw as much as the next guy, but there is pain involved in cutting things you don't want cut. I took my hammer and knocked a channel on the sheetrock, so I could inspect what's in there.

If everything was perfect, there would be no electical wires where I want to put the door (fat chance). In this case, there were two wires, both part of the same circuit. All I had to do was move it over one stud bay. Anything more than this, and I would have had to peel a good deal of the wall back to reroute the circuit correctly.

Here is the framing in place - not a lot of work.


Fred said...

Its hard for me to envision the "before" and "after" states from the post. But, I'm curious, what software are you using to make the top-down views. I've used Punch Software pretty extensively for my own home and have really liked it.

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TTFWEB said...


You are right. Good pictures are hard to take in a hallway.

I use Visio for the top-down views. I have Punch as well, but it is a not as smooth as visio for floorplans. I really like for rendered view through.

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