Little boxes

OK, that last post was supposed to have been published last week, but apparently it never posted. So, two in one week for ya!

We finished* (there’s always an *) the soffit built-ins this week, actually today, just in time to go back to work full-time. It was a week of trimming, scribing, and painting. So much painting, over the head. My shoulder is burning! But – we have the equivalent of about 4 or more cabinets’ worth of storage, a third in the study and two thirds in the kitchen/dining area. Even better, the structural flitch beams are now hidden – and fade away – under box beam cladding. The * is because we still need to trim the living room side where it meets the ceiling, but an idea is cooking.

Big reveal:

It’s hard to recall a time when our interior soffit area (where two roof pitches come together, one on each end of the house) looked like this:

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Holy crap, that was gross. How many cleaning/air freshening products are in that first photo? Now I remember why¬†we didn’t eat indoors here for the first TWO YEARS of this renovation. Blech.

Once we got shored up/ready to live here, the soffits sat with just yellow spray foam around a whole lot of sistered rafters and beams, making a pretty complicated, double-angle, narrow little triangular space we just couldn’t bear to waste. But, it was ridiculous and NO pre-fab boxes fit (believe me, I spent way too much time scouring the web, going to IKEA, and checking dimensions). Here’s the space we had (kitchen side):


See it, up there on top of the new, unsightly (but extremely functional!) beam?

Here it is as we turned a goofy sliver of space into some nice, custom built-in shelves:

Phew – that was a bit more involved than we originally thought. We also finished the same storage solution (though, of course, different sizes – nothing can be easy) in the soffit on the opposite end of the house. So much cleaner!

Up next, we will continue to answer the question recently posed by our good friend JB, “Umm, don’t take this the wrong way, but are you going to cover up the yellow foam?” Hell yeah!

What have we been up to?

Lots of parts of jobs – nothing quite done yet – and some other odds and ends. The major task while we are on holiday break has been to work on building “the boxes” – some storage shelving to fit in a small soffit area on both the kitchen and study ends of the house. The project includes boxing in the beams we ad to reinforce with 2-bys, so that they look more pretty and less structural. We are partway through, and it’s going fine, but very slow since every bit is custom and different. Some photos; hopefully we will finish part of it soon and have some ‘afters’.

2015 in review

OK, this is a cheap post! We have been working on several projects, and hopefully by the end of the week will have enough done to give you a bit of a before and after (right now, it’s before and mess). So, here’s something WordPress pulled together – neat summary! Hello to our readers in France (we’d be glad to come visit you if you have a spare couch!) and other corners of the globe.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,800 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.