The Chronicles Of First Time Homebuyers: If It Ain’t Broke, Break It (PC Load Letter)

When we were looking for a house, we were looking for a place that would have all the space we wanted, not necessarily all the individual spaces we wanted.  Does that make sense?

The idea was that as long as we had a foundation for everything, we could always build it ourselves later.  For any house that ended up on our list for consideration after a showing, we would make a list of all the things that would need to be done to it to make it the perfect house for us, along with the expected cost for all of those changes.  We factored those costs into the price of the house when making decisions on what we could afford and what we couldn’t, keeping in mind that these upgrades would not be immediate, but still needed to be considered.

This house was in pretty good shape as far as our wants went, but we still have some plans laid out for a few larger projects.  The smallest of these projects was creating an office space.

The way the house is set up is there is a formal living room area just off to the side of the “regular” living room.  It had a wall separating them, but the wall had a wide doorway so you could float between the two with ease.  There were two things we didn’t like about this.
1) It made it impossible to put any furniture on that wall since any respectable sized couch would block the doorway.
2) We are not formal living room type people.

I have yet to figure out the purpose of this awkward doorway.

Our obvious solution?  Make that the office.

Do you get the title now?  See, I made an Office Space joke.  And we’re making an office space.  So it works.  Right?  Right?

We decided we’d fill in the doorway between the two living rooms to make it a solid wall, giving us more usable space in our actual living room and making the office private.  Since the new office is also open to the hallway almost entirely we’re going to put up a wall there too, with french doors set in the middle.

We have to rip into the drywall around the doorway and the edges of what will be the new hallway wall to set the frames for the new wall spaces, and then of course drywall over that.  It’s a messy project, but a relatively easy and short one.  So easy and short, in fact, that we already started it.

We weren’t even in our house a week before it was a construction zone.  I think that’s some sort of twisted record.

Ah!  My house!  The mess!  Nooooooooo!

A friend of Geoff’s family is a contractor, so we’ve hired him for the project so we can make sure it’s done right.  He came in and started framing things up Thursday, and even managed to get the drywall hung the same day.  His drywall guy came in on Monday to start to mud it.  It’s a little scary to walk into the house I’ve spent days cleaning to find the whole front half covered in tarps and saw dust, but it will all be worth it.

The office is mainly for Geoff, though I will have a space in there for the times I need it.  Since it’s his space, I’ve given him free reign over furniture and color in there.  I’m guessing it’ll be gray.

In theory the office is suppose to be done on Friday.  It will still need a coat of paint (as will the doors, which I am so not looking forward to), but when that will happen is a bit up in the air.  Our moving schedule went a little…haywire.  That’s impacting a lot of our future plans, but more on that later.

Happy hump day!

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Posted on December 5, 2012, in House, Life, The Chronicles of First Time Homebuyers and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Wow, you guys are industrious to have already starting making changes like that! It sounds like it will be a much more useful space after it’s done though.

  2. So exciting! Can’t wait to see the final office result! 🙂

  3. I love it! You guys are making the right call in doing this now…it is a pain to live in a construction zone anytime, but much easier before you are really really settled 🙂 good luck!

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