Continuing with the mudroom build – all the while you know there’s tantalizing drama with the sunroom foundation.
I’m building this little room pretty much on my own – and I must say designing such a narrow room was a dilemma – and to top it off I’m doing it without a plan or even a shred of forethought in how this thing should look when it’s done. Oh, well – we’ll just doodle as we go. It’ll work out – or at least that’s what I tell my wife Francia.
I decided to do all the rakes and eve gutter boards with Azek trim. I checked out every brand and I think this is the best quality pvc trim out there. This is the stuff I used around the shower, and it looks just like wood when painted.
Here I’ve added some sill flashing over the slab foundation. The bottom plate for the walls need to be pressure treated when they come in contact with concrete. I used kiln dry pressure treated. It’s straight and dry – it’s worth the extra money to use this over the ‘wet’ pressure treated lumber from the box stores. The plates were held back from the edge of the slab foundation so that the 1/2″ CDX plywood sheathing will fit flush to the slab.
Here is the beginning of the sheathing – one way to make this narrow room look bigger is to put a lot of windows in there! This top one will be a 2 foot octagonal window. I’ll have a stained glass piece made for this later – way later.
Here’s an inside view. You can see I love making the walls with lots of framing elements. Don’t I have anything better to do? This stuff gets covered up, but I (and you) will know it’s there. At the top of the photo you can see the outriggers that hold the fly rafters notched in the roof trusses. I’ll make this a vaulted ceiling to give this space some volume.
This is looking from the kitchen. To the right of the ladder was the original exterior wall. What’s that shower door doing there? Oh, I was tearing up the upstairs bath for a future remodel. How unusual.
Here’s the interior with sheathing and housewrap on. Kinda cozy, don’t you think? So you can see the design. Vaulted ceiling, four windows and eventually a full glass door. After making lots of design changes, I settled on walls that were 10’2″ to the plates, the center of the ceiling about 12′. With walls only 7′ across I’d say that qualifies this room as a tall skinny boy.
Looking back into the kitchen from the mudroom. You can see the original opening for the back door, the now-removed landing and the steps (a place for my Diet Coke cans) that went up to the kitchen. Also the pantry door that has no pantry behind.
Here’s my attempt at dramatic photography. Now that I have removed the stair landing to the basement, it’s a little precarious working overhead.
Now the little pantry-less pantry door is gone, exposing the back of the shower. That green rectangle in the upper left hand is the extended closet storage that goes all the way into the bathroom. I think that space will hold like a thousand rolls of toilet paper.
And here’s why we did this little room in the first place. You can see on the wall where the stair with landing was, and now we have the room to make a normal, comfortable staircase to the basement.
But it’ll be a while before that happens.
Remember I just destroyed the upstairs bath.
Stay with me, it’s gonna be a bumpy (and long) ride.