Landing Becomes Living Space

Build windowseat and bookcase around window

The window seat is essentially an open-ended box built from plywood. Once it’s assembled, we nail it to the toe kick and the walls before we begin putting together the bookshelves that go on top of it.

To hide the raw edges of the plywood and stiffen up the whole unit, we’re attaching a 1 X 2 band to all of the front edges.

Install flooring

These vinyl planks require a gap along the edges for expansion. Shoe molding covers it at the walls, but we add colored caulk along the handrail base to hide the gap there, and still remain flexible.

Add base and shoe molding

Chelsea and Wyndy survey her daughter’s books, games and toys to determine exactly what size spaces we’ll need for the design of the new window seat and bookcase.


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  • Linda Johnson Says:
    April 29th, 2019 at 6:37 pm

    Comment on Ahh!! Kind of like magic, don’t you think?

    I really like reading the Tips for Today’s Homeowner with Danny


    Home Improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects are time well spent.

    It is nice to read about different things that can be done for a home.

    It can give someone ideas.

    It can also be very helpful to know this information when taking care

    of a home.

  • tom murphy Says:
    February 3rd, 2019 at 11:25 am

    next time you have to install many spindals, use a stiff paper or cardboard strip with holes to keep spindals aligined. to make removal easier cut from hole to edge. just watched that program.

  • Edward Schmidt Says:
    February 2nd, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    I live in a mid 50’s Cape Cod type home in the Pittsburgh, PA area, with a single car garage. Sometime in the past, a layer of concrete, approximately an inch thick, was added to the floor, apparently to level it. Where the car tires travel, the concrete has become pocked, and in some places, delaminating from the old floor. If I were to use a floor leveling concrete product, would it be strong enough to hold up to a car parking on it on a daily basis? Would water, and or salt from the winter roads, deteriorate it? Can it be sealed with a concrete sealer? What is the maximum thickness a concrete leveling product can be applied?
    Love the show which I DVR weekly. Very practical issues that can be completed by most DIYers.
    Ed Schmidt

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    February 14th, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Hi, JD,
    Absolutely. The homeowner purchased General Finishes’ Java Gel Stain.
    Good luck with your project!

  • JD Johnson Says:
    February 2nd, 2019 at 12:06 pm

    I really enjoy your show. It’s inspiring to see each step of the project and all the helpful hints. I was hoping you could provide more information on the stain that was used for the railing in “Landing Project”. I really liked how it had a great deep luster. Thank you for keeping me motivated as I work my way through all my home improvement projects.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    February 14th, 2019 at 11:45 am

    Hi, Phyllis!
    The homeowner purchased General Finishes’ Java Gel Stain for her stair rail.
    Thanks for your question!

  • Phyllis Reavis Says:
    February 2nd, 2019 at 6:13 am

    What was the name of the stain you used to make the stair rail go from an oak color to a dark color?
    Thank you.
    Phyllis Reavis

  • Dawn Says:
    February 2nd, 2019 at 4:34 am

    I would like to find out what flooring was used in the Landing to Living Space episode. Thank you.

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    February 7th, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    Hi, Henrietta!
    First, look at the heating and cooling system’s SEER number.
    We recommend checking out these resources for more information:
    Thanks for your question!

  • henrietta Says:
    February 1st, 2019 at 4:46 pm

    energy effecent heater for a small house. suggestions please

  • Papa Says:
    January 31st, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    Not everyone has that much room in their home!

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Landing Becomes Living Space