We Have Walls

Well, I guess we always had "walls" in the bathroom, but something about drywall and wonderboard going up always make it seem like real walls. It had already started a little bit a few weeks ago, but it had stayed at this point for a couple weeks

And now that Chris made some serious progress on the rough plumbing and rough electrical it was time to get more wonderboard and drywall up. Of course we decided to start with the most difficult pieces first: the ceiling. Chris and I like to use the least amount of pieces as possible so that there is less mud, tape and texture when the job is done. This meant we had to bring in a piece of drywall that was 4 feet wide and 7+ feet long and was the exact width of the room. Lifting that in place, shifting, and cursing was not easy. But as I held one end in place Chris got his end drilled in, then he came over and drilled in the other end

Ugg, my arms hurt again just thinking about it.

Once the piece was in place the roto zip came out. Chris had already marked the center point of each of the lights...

...so zipping out the drywall was easy

Of course it was at this moment that we forgot that the venting for the fan needed to be insulated, so it made a fun job for Chris

After the venting was insulated we repeated the process and put up the other piece of drywall to finish off the ceiling. The nice thing was this piece was much more narrow, so it wasn't as heavy, but we did have to lift and put it in place a couple times because it was just a hair too tight. And then Chris zipped out the holes for the 3rd light and the fan/light

Once that was done, the framing for the area around the recessed medicine cabinet got ripped out and redone to accommodate it

And then while I was redoing the insulation Chris rigged up some lights so that it wasn't a cave in there anymore

It's not my finest insulation work (I like putting in insulation because it's like a puzzle) but I was reusing the insulation that used to be in these stud bays so it had been through a lot at this point. We really wanted this wall to be insulated because it shares a wall with the Animal Room (Cashew's future room) so we wanted to try to make things as quiet as possible for her.

And then more wonderboard went up

The wonderboard goes up wherever there is tiling. So throughout the entire bathroom it's going up at least 5 ft. up on the walls and then in the shower area it goes up to the ceiling. The rest of the bathroom has green board (or purple board) which is drywall that is suited for wet areas (of course it's not exposed to being wet, it just has properties in it that help contribute to it not molding).

And then on Sunday when I came home from work at the Raiders (the last home game of the season, so now I'll be home on weekends!) I saw this progress

Awesome! The only downer is that now we can't enter the room as easily through the framed in wall, so we may actually have to start using the door soon. I know, gasp :)


Bunny @ 86n It said...

Don't you love holding drywall in place? UGH. I used to hold it on top of my head sometimes. Not good for the neck.

Please slow down on your bathroom work. You are SO going to beat us!

meryl rose said...

Holding drywall is the WORST. Of course, Chris is the one who has to hear me bitch about going faster because my arms are tired (oh yes, and neck too ;) so that might be worse... :)

Heather said...

You two are jamming! Moving quickly, that is. Not the thing that Bob Marley did.

meryl rose said...

Well, I was breakfast tailgating with my dad at the Raider game on Sunday before work and Cashew certainly smelled something... :)

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

I love walls! And I LOVE seeing Chris work those tools.

meryl rose said...

I'm a lucky girl :)