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Around the corner

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After a weekend off for a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains (see review) it was time to get back to work! I needed to build the walls coming around the corner, and ending up with a closet beside the stairwell.

This part was a bit of a challenge because it consisted of three short walls (meaning double studs at each corner) and ended up with a closet under the stairs. Since this area will be tiled, I again needed to make sure the corners were square (again using the 3-4-5 method).

Here's how the closet area under the stairs will look when it's done.

Some of the obstacles I had to deal with when creating a closet under the stairwayTo complete the top of the closet, I had to work around some copper pipe and a sump pump line. The framing went pretty well, but when I got to the closet door area, I ran into a bit of a snag.

Clearance for ductwork

I decided to use 30" doors for the closet and the office. However, main duct is close to the closet, and there might not be enough clearance for the door. Since I didn't know the exact location of the soffit for the main duct, I decided a good workaround would be to install a 30" bifold door instead of a regular 6 panel door. This should solve the problem.

Also, in looking at doors online at, I noticed that not every prehung door has the same roughed-in frame size. Some require an opening taller and/or wider than others. Because of this, I decided to get the doors now- just to be sure. This way I won't have to recut any openings later. I guess that's next weekend's project!

Progress Topics

Getting started

Down come the walls

1st mishap

Basement wall cracks

Lumber and tools

Starting construction - Hammer time!

Moving ductwork

Finishing the 1st wall

Around the corner

Five short walls

The big wall

Repairing cracks again!

Framing around windows

Framing the office

Finishing the office

Design decision

Framing support poles

Framing the last wall

See also...
Phase 2: Electrical and Drywall

Phase 3: Priming, painting and finshing touches




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