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Posted by Michael Penn in Dripping Springs, TX on 9/30/2007

We did one day of changes in the framing. 

Once Lynda had seen the kitchen space and thought about it for a while, she thought it would be better to open up the wall that goes alongside the hallway. Since that wall is somewhat load-bearing, we had to put in a 16" LVL beam along the roof, and a post to support it, which will also be decorative.

This will reduce our upper cabinet space to a very minimal amount, but we think we'll be okay, since we've got a large pantry. It will definitely make the kitchen more open to the entry hallway than it had been.

We also made another fairly major change, which was to expand the downstairs guest bath (1/2 bath) into a full bath, by moving the wall and digging out the floor for a shower drain, and add a door to the adjacent room, which was Lynda's craft room, but will now be the guest bedroom. Lynda will move her craft room up into what had been the second bedroom (which won't require any major changes there).

The bath change will cost us I think a little less than $3,000, but it will take us from a two bedroom, two and a half bath to a three bedroom, three bath. The real benefit we were going for was to have a more suitable guest room when my mother visits, because she's getting to be impaired going up stairs.

The third framing change was just moving a wall in the master bath over about 6 inches to accommodate the spa tub that turned out to be wider than I thought. I was really glad to be able to add that on a day when the framing guys were there anyway, so I didn't have to agonize over whether I should do it myself. I could have done it of course, but it would have taken me way, way longer than it did them. Like a day or two instead of an hour or two.

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