By: Danny Lipford
Lisa Murrill bought her home almost two years ago and she loves it. But she has discovered some issues with the back-den addition built by the previous owner.
Besides covering these bricks and removing the windows and hot tub, we’ll add a super-efficient ductless air conditioner and upgrade the moldings in the addition to match the rest of the house.
Before we start work, our electrician, Wayne, disconnects the hot tub and relocates the wiring outside for the new air conditioner. Lisa begins clearing out the small items so that when we return we can start removing the furniture.
This is a big job, so Lisa recruited her daughter Rachel to help and we’ve brought along our handyman, Bear, and his helper Ryan.
We’re making the addition on the back of Lisa’s house look and function more like a natural part of the house. We’ve removed the brick ledge and the window over the kitchen sink, so we can free up that end of the addition for our HVAC contractor Randy, who will begin installation of the ductless mini split system that will serve this area.
Once Randy’s technicians open up the wall, they run the drain and refrigerant lines before connecting them to the outside unit.
This Carrier system has a Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio of 42, which makes it the most efficient cooling system you can buy in North America and its integrated humidity sensor will also ensure that this addition is a comfortable space for Lisa.
Meanwhile, Bear and I carefully begin removing the larger window, so we can frame in the space to be covered with drywall.
By the end of day one, we’ve completed all of the brick removal and started framing in the old back door.
Early the next morning, Bear finishes flushing the door framing to the surrounding bricks while Ryan secures the furring above the brick wall.
Finally, we’re ready to hang drywall!
This adhesive from Titebond is designed specifically for drywall so it will stay put. When the back of each piece is coated, we press it in place over the bricks and I drive a few masonry nails in around the perimeter.
Before we cover the old door opening we’re filling the empty space with some Rockwool sound-dampening insulation so there’s no hollow sound in that area to give away the fact that it was once a door.
Next, Chelsea marks the location of the electrical outlet by coating the edge of the box with lip gloss so when we press the drywall against it — we have a perfect outline for cut.
Even though it’s a 40-foot wall it goes quickly because we’re covering 8 feet at a time. Once all the drywall is hung I can begin finishing it while Chelsea gets Lisa and Rachel started on another project.
By the end of the day, Lisa and Rachel have sanded all of the overdone orange peel and Chelsea and I have applied the first coat of finish to all of the new drywall.
At the beginning of day three, Bear and Ryan begin installing new crown and base molding throughout the addition to help it match the existing house. We also need to address the void left from the old bricks in front of the new cased opening.
Once the concrete is mixed they shovel it into the forms and begin packing it down. Working a trowel back and forth on top of the slab and the form board, smooths and levels the surface.
Meanwhile, Randy and his crew return to install the inside unit for the air conditioner. This unit includes some great high-tech features like an infrared sensor to reduce energy usage when the room is unoccupied and a built-in wi-fi control.
While I touch up the new drywall and add some texture to the surface, the ladies start painting the outside walls.
The 1-by-12 will overhang the opening a bit so I’m notching each side to give it a more finished appearance. Next, we’ll install some leftover flooring from Lisa’s family room to cover the threshold of the new cased opening.
Our goal this week was to rescue Lisa’s den addition — and I think we’ve succeeded, making it more attractive and more comfortable.
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Danny Lipford is among the country’s most sought-after home improvement experts.
The seasoned remodeling contractor and media personality served as the home improvement expert for CBS’s “The Early Show” and The Weather Channel for over a decade and has made more than 180 national television appearances on “Fox & Friends,” “Inside Edition,” “Morning Express with Robin Meade,” Fox Business Channel, Rachael Ray and more.
He travels the country making appearances as a brand ambassador and spokesperson, and each year contributes expertise to hundreds of popular magazines and online media outlets.
Chelsea Lipford Wolf is a born-and-raised home enthusiast, adding her crafty skills and passion for DIY as co-host of the top-rated, nationally syndicated “Today’s Homeowner” TV show.
In addition, Chelsea maintains her own home lifestyle and décor blog and award-winning web-series, “Checking in with Chelsea.”
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