Before I get on this topic, I just want to say Happy 26th Anniverary, Jimbo – marrying you was the best thing I ever did! Here’s to many more happy years of DIYing together 😮
Now that I’ve shared our Master Closet Master Plan with you, I’ll bring you up to date on what we’ve done so far. And when I say “we”, I mean “Jim”…he has pretty much singlehandedly tackled the closet renovation. I have offered research and consultation on major decisions (e.g. “Where do you want this wall?” “What kind of closet doors do you want?” “What kind of lights do you want in the closets and hallway?”) so while I haven’t been uninvolved, I haven’t exactly been providing any muscle power for this project.
The first thing we tackled was to demo the diagonal closet/hallway wall – here it is just prior to, during and after demo:
Notice in the picture below, not only is the closet/hall wall drywall down (say that 3 times fast) and a couple of studs removed, the doorway to the hall has had the drywall and door trim removed.
And in the next picture, the diagonal wall demo plus hall doorway demo are done – Jim has even neatly patched the ceiling and wall where the 2×4’s were removed.
The next thing hubby did was to frame the new non-diagonal wall:
And after that, he partitioned the space into two equal-sized closets:
He framed in a new doorway to the master hall (please disregard the way the wall on the right squeezes in and just about meets the wall on the left – that wall is going to move back a few feet, but we will tackle that in another project!):
Once the wall was realigned and the closet was partitioned, my OCD, anal-retentive, picky, gotta-have-symmetry self didn’t like the placement of the two closet doors anymore…I wanted each one centered on each closet, so poor MacGyver had to move both doorways. Both of the them slightly overlapped the new doorway locations, so this involved some drywall/stud removal and some reframing. Jim used a DIY techno-geek laser level gadget to line up the walls (if you zoom in on the photo, you can make out the red laser line going across the floor):
In this next photo, the wall and doorway for his closet are all framed in – note the location of the light switch…we thought about telling people that it was raised to the new tall-people switch box height standard, but in reality, there just wasn’t enough wire when he moved the switch box from its old location…that got fixed later when he replaced the hall light.
The next thing hubby had to tackle was moving the “her” closet doorway – that meant more drywall and stud removal and more reframing. Sheba gave the new doorway her seal of approval:
The rest of what’s been done is pretty much related to lighting and I’m going to cover that in my next post – we put in some really cool (no pun intended!) LED recessed lighting, so stay tuned!