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Finishing the office

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Original office plan with angled wall meeting the office door. The last wall in the office presented another challenge. In the original plan (see below) I was going to angle the wall from the area near the closet (which has entry from the office) to the wall near the windows. I built the section of wall, complete with the door frame and moved it to the area to secure it to the floor. Unfortunately, I overlooked a couple of things.

Although I planned to put in the necessary blocking between the floor joists to secure the top, there were a few complications. A small water pipe and a heat duct were in the way.

To make it worse, the heat register would have been right where the wall was going to go! I should have noticed that BEFORE I built the section!

Building the last wall

Rather than move the heat register and negotiate the space around the water supply line, I decided to run the wall at a 90 degree angle instead. Although this will make the office a little smaller, it made it much easier to secure the wall at the top.

The final wall of the office with the door opening for the prehung door.Since I bought a 32" door for the office, my rough opening was 34 x 82. See "How to frame a door" for the details. The only complication was that there was (yet another) pipe running right above where the door would be.

I had to cut out part of the top plate to fit round the pipe and secure the frame with some additional blocking. After I secured the top and bottom plates, I cut out the bottom plate running through the door frame.

Door framing tips

  • Don't cut out the bottom plate until AFTER the wall is secured.
  • Don't add any Tapcon screws (or whatever fastener you're using) in the area you'll be cutting out!

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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