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.
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:
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!