One less hole in the house

It’s been a couple of weeks since we posted…long enough that folks are literally stopping us on the street to ask why we haven’t posted any recent updates. But let me assure you that the lack of posts is more a reflection of general life busy-ness and less a reflection of what’s going on at the house. As a matter of fact, things have been clipping along over the last couple of weeks as we work toward “sealing up” the house to get ready for electrical work and sheet rock (you guys…we are almost ready for WALLS!).

So here’s a quick rundown of what’s been going on in the Off Center Revival…


reported about a month ago that framing was nearly done. But it’s basically done done now.

We made a modification to the boys’ closets. The original plan was for each bedroom to have one smallish walk-in closet. But, since the boys’ bedrooms (and closets) are adjacent to each other, we decided it might be more functional (and a lot more FUN!) to open up the space between the closets and have one bigger (6 x 10-ish) walk-in closet instead of two smaller ones. This also has the super-cool added benefit of serving as a not-so-secret passageway between the Max’s room and the little boys’ room.

Boys’ closets BEFORE. This photo is taken from Max’s room, looking through his closet into the little boys’ room. Bobby standing in the closet BEFORE the new design. The studs just to his right were for the wall to separate the closets.

Boys’ closet AFTER. This picture was taken from the little boys’ room looking through the closet into Max’s bedroom.  Look closely – no more studs between the closets!


They’ve also finished framing the space for the bar that will be custom-built under the stairs, in the downstairs entry. I super-excited about this!

Small space under the stairs framed in for a bar.

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A closer look at the under-stair bar space.


There’s also a lot of general framing on the walls and around windows to get ready for sheet rock.

Some of the brick will remain exposed and/or painted, but some – like the walls in the dining room – will be covered in drywall.



All 3 interior pocket doors are installed. And the wheels are in motion for us to have three actual, functioning exterior doors very soon. The back and side doors have been ordered. We found someone to refinish the front doors and just heard today that they are almost done! All the door hardware is in and we are researching some different smart-lock systems…but that’s a post for another day.

The back door, entering into the kitchen, has been installed!

Pocket door from the kitchen into the downstairs bath.

Pocket door #2, between the master bedroom and the master closet.

Third and final pocket door, between the master bedroom and the master bath.



Almost all the windows in the house start at or near the floor, which is really cool in most spaces. But don’t work very well in a kitchen or next to a tub.  In the kitchen, they’ve framed in the windows to begin about 4 feet off the ground, to make room for countertops and backsplash. This will require some creativity on the exterior. Since there was no way we could find brick to match, bricking in the “old” window space wasn’t an option. But we think we’ll just have some decorative trim designed, installed, and painted to match the other exterior trim. In the bathroom, the space will mostly be filled with glass block.

New window framing in the kitchen. You can see the large rectangle where the new window will go (windows are on order!), and the smaller space at the bottom that will need to be filled in.


Other stuff

There was some space around the upstairs bay window (in the master bedroom) that was framed in with no exterior sheathing. They’ve fixed that, so that’s one less hole in the house, and the trim is ready to go back on. They’ve also pulled off the roof over the back “bump-out” (kitchen and bathroom) and are ready to re-roof it as soon as the materials come in.

New sheathing around the master bedroom bay window.

Old roof

Ready for a new roof!

So what’s next?

  1. Install the front doors, side door, and windows.
  2. Putting the new roof on the back of the house.
  3. Electrician
  4. Drywall
  5. Repair floors
  6. Paint
  7. Cabinets
  8. Tile
  9. Fixtures
  10. Trim


I still think we’re about 5 or 6 months out, but Joe thinks we’re 3 or 4.  No matter which way you slice it, there’s a small – but very real – light at the end of the tunnel.