Category: Master suite

Building floors in the pole closets

The firehouse came with 5 pole holes and just one pole. (I feel like there’s a potential dirty joke in there, but haven’t had enough wine to figure out exactly what it is…)

Because 4 human-sized, holes that will literally let you fall to your death is too many for one residence, they were near the top of our repair list. They zoomed up even further when we realized that they would be easier to work on while we had the rented scissor lift in our possession. As a bonus, finishing the bottom side would allow for an even coverage of paint on the studio side.

Three of the holes had questionable floors. If you put just a bit of weight on the floor, you could definitely feel it give. We assumed low-grade plywood was to blame, but we found out it was actually due to large metal plates. Seen here above ground:

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We left one of these plates intact in the 4th bedroom because there was literally no way to get it out thanks to furnace pipes. That space will always be a closet so there’s no chance for someone to hang out there. The metal plate will do for that area, but we wanted a bit more support in the other bedrooms where we have plans to remove the pole closets.

Let’s take a look at what we’re working with. Looking up from the studio:

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Looking down from our bedroom:

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Imminent death:

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Aaron started by attaching 2″ x 6″ ledgers to 3 sides. The glazed brick is hollow so there was no reason to add a ledger there because it wouldn’t be structural.

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The floor is solid concrete so he used a hammer drill to make way for heavy-duty concrete anchors, which hold the ledger boards in place.

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That is the official hammer drill face…

Actually, he did have a bit of a scare on the very last hole. In the midst of drilling one of the holes, sparks flew back out of the hole and a run of lighting in the studio went dead. Thank god for circuit breakers. Apparently, there was conduit in the concrete ceiling. The firehouse has so many treasures and secrets… Luckily he was able to identify which circuit was compromised and was able to disable it before the break. So it’s all good now, but it was not a good day in firehouse work.

Anyways, from there he basically built a mini-deck in each opening, squaring up the corners and adding joists.

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This floor isn’t going anywhere. Looking up from the studio:

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He added drywall on the studio side. Eventually the top sides will get insulation and plywood, which will sit flush with the concrete so we can run new flooring over it … whenever we get to that… in like 5 years…

Also, eventually we’ll drag those metal plates to the dumpster… it’s only been 3 weeks since this was done… have I mentioned this blog is a judgement-free zone?

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Final shot looking up from the studio.

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Only 2 more posts until I show you the rest of the space. Two more posts! Two more posts! Ok… now I’ve had enough wine…

 

Tour – Second floor

Let’s get on with the tour. In case you need a reference, check the floorplans

So you’ve just come upstairs. This is the view looking down. We don’t have a ton of pictures of the stairwell yet, but it’s pretty basic: three sets of stairs, two landings, needs painted. The railings are original and have a ton of charm. 

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Welcome to the second floor living area. This room is really long and a bit odd thanks to the multiple doorways. To the right is the captains bedroom. Further down the wall is the awesome bathroom.

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Looking back into the space from the hallway.

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The Captain’s bedroom will eventually become a guest bedroom (and suite if we finish off the bathroom that you’ll see in a minute). Of course, before that happens we’d love to change the paint scheme from burn-your-eyes-out orange with blue accents. This is the view standing from the bathroom. There’s a closet and just beyond that the pole closet hiding the fire pole.

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There’s not much to see in the bathroom because all of the fixtures are gone. No sink and no toilet. This space is low on our priority list, but guests will be able to use the most awesome bathroom ever down the hall.

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Boom! Awesome bathroom. This is the best shot I have of it so far. Clearly it’s rocking 4 standard sinks, a slop sink and, oh yeah, that’s a urinal. Aaron is extremely excited. I had no idea that a majority of men dream of having a urinal in their house! Score one for the firehouse! On the other side of the room are four stalls – 2 toilets and 2 showers.

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The green and purple bedroom will be the workout room/secondary guest room. Once we breakdown the stage/bed platform/kid’s play house we’ll have plenty of space for the treadmill, weights and a to-be-purchased futon type piece of furniture.

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I call this the “4th bedroom” and I think that’s generous. There’s no window. The space is tiny. Oh and this:

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Yeah, that’s a mammoth furnace. Who wouldn’t want to sleep right next to that? (My hand is raised!) For now, this room will be a catch-all.

The master bedroom has some layout issues. It has a total of 4 closets. Here you see a real closet to the left and former pole closet to the right. Why these aren’t integrated into one storage area, we’ll never know.

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Ditto on the other side of the room, except that pole closet door is hiding a person sized hole that opens to the studio.

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And there’s this lovely (sarcasm) feature: a half wall. Despite my threats to rip this thing out ASAP, it’s literally the only place where we can put our bed. So it’s staying, but that won’t stop my from giving it the stink eye every day.

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I decided the master bathroom is the MOST finished room in the entire place. No holes (that we’ve noticed) and everything seems functional. The only problem? It has zero style. It’s safe for now, but I’m sure I’ll be starting a “Dream bathroom” board on Pinterest soon.

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So that’s the second floor. Any burning questions? Any guys who are seriously jealous of the urinal?

In case you missed it, you can click on the Take a Tour tab at the top to see the first floor.