Our project the last couple of weeks has centered on getting the master bedroom framed up ASAP. Normally, since the townhouse has three bedrooms, I wouldn't say the master was a priority, however the master bath is located directly above the kitchen. This is an issue because the kitchen currently doesn't have a ceiling. In order to install drywall in the kitchen, the master bath needs to get re-plumbed while the pipes are exposed in the kitchen. In order to re-plumb the bathroom, the framing needs to be installed so the plumber knows where to move all of the pipes.
Hope that made sense.
This will be kind of a two-part posting. First, let me discuss the framing in the bedroom itself. After we removed the old closet and busted out the tub, I had a giant missing wall between the master bedroom and the master bath.
Notice the small light fixture and drywall where the closet used to be. All of that had to be removed and repaired for the new wall to be installed. The small section of ceiling drywall that needed to come down was more difficult and cancer-causing than I originally anticipated. Notice below the 1.5 feet deep of blown-in insulation (wool fibers with little pieces of glass) and giant gaping hole to my attic. It makes my lungs hurt just thinking about it.
Next, we framed up the wall in the master bedroom. The most difficult aspect of this was figuring out a layout for the bathroom. Did I want a door to the closet (or bath) on the same wall as my bed? Or did I want a flush wall with no door, which means that my closet and bath will be one room (that you enter through the already existing hallway door)? I chose the latter, but decided to separate the closet and the bath with a pocket door.
As for the framing of the wall, I watched this video on YouTube which made it very simple. Measure 16 on center, mark your top and bottom plates, cut your studs to length, hammer together with nails. Lift and level into place. Done.
It was really exciting seeing a wall in place and actually being able to visualize what the bedroom will look like. I couldn't be more happy!
After we framed the wall, we went inside the bathroom and started framing for the pocket door. I originally measured for a 28 inch pocket door, but while constructing the frame, we realized we were 1/4 inch too small and the pocket door ultimately wouldn't fit. This actually doesn't seem to be a problem. I made the executive decision to install a 24 inch pocket door (a little small, I know), which allowed for more shower and toilet space. Since the pocket door just leads to a closet, I figured this shouldn't be a huge problem.
The pocket door hasn't been installed yet because I had to return my pocket door kit for the 28" door and order one for a 24" door. Updates to come.
Also, notice in the background what has been installed. Yes! Drywall! After the framing was complete, we drywalled the bedroom side of the wall as well as the back side of the soon-to-be closet.
Since Terry-the-painter-turned-decorator-turned-framer has more experience with mudding than we do, we let him mud the walls so we have a clean finish.
One last look at the closet before....
And now the master bedroom without the closet in the way!
Hi! I'm Lauren! I'm a twenty-something teacher and homeowner in North Carolina. I love math, decorating, and getting down and dirty learning new things about home renovation and repair.