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11.06.11 / We have WALLS!

Drywall went up late last week at the Underdog.  We knew covering up the cinder block walls with new drywall would give the house a whole new renovation look, but Handy Hubby and I were both shocked at how different it looks.

{view from the front door}

{view towards the fireplace and mudroom/dining room}

{view from the French doors in the kitchen looking at the fireplace}

{view of the great room ridge beam}

We opted to drywall the structural ridge beam at the apex of the vaulted ceiling.  An industrial ceiling fan will be installed in each of the electrical boxes seen on the underside of the ridge beam. The light box on the side of the beam will supply track lighting.

As you can see, the ceilings have been spared of drywall.  That’s because we finally made the big decision to install tongue and groove on the ceilings!!!!  I’m really excited about that if you can’t tell. Like, super excited.

But onto the rest of our WALLS!

{view into the mudroom/dining from the family room}

Another thing I’m excited about is the width of this hallway/walkway that adjoins the great room with the mudroom/dining room.  It’s wide!  That should come in handy when I’m lugging groceries in from the garage to the kitchen.

{mudroom/dining room}

{laundry nook with the mudroom/dining room}

And now back towards the other side of the house…

{view of the great room from the mudroom/dining room}

{hallway to the bedrooms and bathrooms}

{kid/guest bathroom}

{bedroom that was gonna be Everett’s room…now will be the future nursery}

{Layne and Everett’s bedroom}

{master bedroom}

{master bathroom}

No, I have never cleaned that toilet.  Yes, I can’t wait to clean that toilet.

Drywall makes a pretty big difference, hey?  Taping, mudding and sanding will be occurring all this week.  I’m itching to slap some paint samples on those walls.  I’ll keep you posted…

images:  all Dana Miller for House*Tweaking

43 Comments

06.November.2011

Woohoo! Looking good. Can’t wait to see the tongue-and-groove ceiling go in!

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06.November.2011

Amazing! It’s going to be such a nice space.

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06.November.2011

Fabulous! Glad to see you’re thorough with the blue/purple stuff, too!

Add me to the list of “can’t wait to see the t&g on the ceiling”!

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06.November.2011

Hurray for progress! You will never regret having a wide doorway/walkway. I grit my teeth everytime I have to turn sideways to get through the doorway with my laundry basket.(Every once in a while I try to go through without turning, but I wind up scraping my knuckles) It will be wonderful for walking through with the infant car seat too! The Underdog is looking great!

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06.November.2011

You guys are truly inspiring!!!

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07.November.2011

Wow! So fun to see it coming together.

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07.November.2011

Ahh, bummer I wish you could have left an exposed bean…but maybe you can still faux wrap it to match the t&g. It looks smaller but cozier and funner to start dreaming up ideas! I hope you get to move it before any snow hits! YEAH for contractors who work rain or shine!!!

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07.November.2011

Hey, it looks great ! I think it doesn’t look smaller with the drywall up actually, it just looks different … and a little further on the way to the word “finished”.
Take care, and have fun with the paint sample gathering !!

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Wow, what a difference! It’s gonna be beautiful.
I like it that you will go for a more industrial style. I can’t wait :)

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07.November.2011

Ohhh the vaulted ceilings with the industrial fans!! Nice touch :)

I’m curious to see how you design the mudroom/dining room. I’m having a hard time imagining a dining room also being a mudroom. BUT I’m sure it’ll turn out great! You’re previous home was really nice. I trust your design!!

WIDLOVE,
SP

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07.November.2011

The view of the great room from the mudroom/dining room is just fantastic. I can’t wait to see what color you will choose for the walls.

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Looks awesome. Amazing what drywall can do.

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07.November.2011

Oh my gosh, SO gorgeous! It’s wonderful and inspiring to see your inspiration come together!

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07.November.2011

Yay, it looks wonderful! It must be nice to see all this progress, the house starting to come together. And btw, I’ve always thought I have a pretty good handle on the English language (I’m not a native speaker) but it seems I now constantly go “the WHAT” when reading your posts with all the “construction words” like this post’s tongue and groove :D. I love it, a double benefit of reading one of my favorite blogs and learning more English at the same time ;)

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07.November.2011

Huge difference! Looks wonderful:)

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07.November.2011

Looks great!! T&G ceiling is going to highlight that room!! Can’t wait to see your paint color choices! Here are before & after pictures of our family room – inspired by your blog! We went with BM Revere Pewter & LOVE it!! We used BM Meditation in our Mudroom – another great color.
http://share.shutterfly.com/share/received/welcome.sfly?fid=9bc2712b98277ff50031ecd658bfd733&sid=8AYsmLNo5bM1EM0
We still have lot’s of “housetweaking” left to do in our room …

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replied on November 7th, 2011

Dana C. – Your family room looks AMAZING!!! Love the wall color and all the built-ins. Great work!

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07.November.2011

that is an insane amount of work!!! great job :)

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07.November.2011

It’s looking more and more like an honest-to-goodness house! Can’t wait for the t and g reveal!

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07.November.2011

I’m a remodeling dunce….what’s “tongue and groove”? Drywall looks fantastic!

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07.November.2011

It looks fabulous! So open and bright! Now, I bet you’re saying “it’ll look really different when the flooring goes in”…*smile*

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07.November.2011

I am giddy with excitement for you guys. It looks great! Up to this point I never quite understood the laundry closet placement, but now it all makes sense to me. I cannot wait to see the rest unfold!

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07.November.2011

Wow! It’s so bright and happy! I love it!

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07.November.2011

It looks AMAZING!! I can’t wait to see the tongue and groove on the ceilings. I’m excited too! Congratulations!

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07.November.2011

Carrie – T&G refers to flat wood boards or planking that interlock. There’s a “tongue” (or tab) on one edge and a “groove” (or slot) on the other. They’re mainly used as flooring and wall / ceiling panelling. The thicker stuff (about 3/4″) is also called carsiding.

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07.November.2011

Yay progress! It’s looking really great!

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07.November.2011

Beautiful! I’ve been waiting for this update all weekend! Is T&G usually painted, or is left in a wood finish? (Is that a silly question??)

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replied on November 7th, 2011

Erin – The tongue and groove we purchased {more to come soon…} is unfinished pine. It can be stained, polyurethaned or painted. We’re opting to prime and paint ours white to keep the ceiling feeling light and airy. Stained tongue and groove can be quite beautiful as well though! It all depends on personal preference and aesthetics.

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07.November.2011

I don’t comment much, but I just needed to pop in to say, I’m really enjoying all of your progress and how the house is coming together. What an exciting project! I’m sure you’re itching to be done, but it’s cool to see it all happen in real time. Every decision is a process. And you’re building your home. How awesome is that?!

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07.November.2011

What a difference some drywall makes! I love how it’s really starting to come together. Can’t wait to see some more progress! :)

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07.November.2011

You guys are so amazing! The house looks amazing already. I love following your blog!

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07.November.2011

I love when drywall goes up. Suddenly everyone goes “oh! I see what you’re aiming for now!” : ) The room looks great. I can’t believe the difference already from when you bought it.
We just finished the drywall in our basement renovation and we’re also doing T&G on the vaulted ceiling in our addition.
The wide doorway is going to be really nice – we made the doorways wide in our renovations to make it easier when we host parties and family dinners. It’s a small change that makes a big impact on functionality.

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07.November.2011

It looks fantastic Dana, congratulations!

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07.November.2011

Wow! That is really fun to see. Thanks for sharing so many pictures.

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07.November.2011

Wow, it’s like a real house! :P I can’t wait to see it come together more and I so excited to see the t&g ceiling! Great choice!

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07.November.2011

It looks great! I can’t tell if it looks smaller, but it definitely looks lighter! I can’t wait to see the color choices you make for this house!

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Yay! It always amazes me what a transfromation the drywall makes. Love the decision to go with tongue and groove…can’t wait to see. Thanks for sharing!

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08.November.2011

Love everything! I am living through you at the moment…Can’t wait to see how everything turns out!

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I can’t even believe that this is the same house. Raising those ceilings made all the difference! Nice work!

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08.November.2011

We did tongue and groove in our Family Room. We love it, but ours was not unfinished pine. You can check it out here if you want. http://thedecorscene.blogspot.com/2011/03/our-family-room-tour-part-5-ceiling.html We love the look. I can’t wait to see how that looks in your home….oh those high ceilings. Gorgeous!!! :)

You can check out the way the room turned out here too if you want. I wish we had your high ceilings though. http://thedecorscene.blogspot.com/2011/04/our-family-room-tour-big-reveal.html

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08.November.2011

The space is looking amazing. I can’t wait to see the final results. We have a sun room that we added a few years ago and put tongue and groove on the ceiling. The ceiling was white washed with thinned white paint and the results look great. You can still see the wood grain and the knots. Sara Richardson from Sara’s house did this to her summer house and it looked great. Good luck

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13.November.2011

wow, kudos to you and your hubby. I was reading through your past posts trying to find out why you were downsizing (I haven’t been reading them daily) and congrats for chasing your dream. I can’t wait to see the outcome. And congrats to you and family on the new baby too.

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