Attic Renovation – Building Doors

When we bought the house in ’09 there were a few left behind items in an unfinished attic space over the kitchen.  We had a bunch of things we weren’t quite ready to throw out yet so we stashed them in there as well.  Most of that stuff has just sat in there for the last 6-7 years.  We’ve tossed around the idea of trying to renovate it a bit because its a decent sized space.  We still need the storage but if it was insulated and a bit cleaner/nicer the cats would have more room to roam around and who knows what else we could do, we still need to figure that out.

I forgot to get a pic with it still all full of stuff but I’ll use this as our ‘before’ pic (looking in from the entryway):

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I’ve broken my plan out into an order of operations to get the whole thing done.  First step was to build a door to close off the entrance to the other attic space above the addition.  That attic space is less finished off and really wouldn’t be usable in any way. Luckily I was smart enough to ask Tony to come over to get a second opinion on my plans for the space. He gave me a much simpler idea for the door than what I was thinking of.

Basically a reverse bulkhead door using the existing ceiling joists as the frame. Pretty straight forward except for the whole nothing is square in my 100+ year old house thing. Kinda hard to incorporate new square things into old wonky things.  I didn’t feel like trying to mod the plywood to match the specific wonkyness of the opening which may come back to bite me later when installing the planking I’m gonna use for the ceiling but time will tell.

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Dad and I got things installed without much issue.  There were a few key steps that definitely needed some extra hands and manpower. Decided to cover the opening below the door by just continuing the cedar planking across from the ceiling/walls once I get to that step. Still need to insulate the back of the door as well but that will get done when I insulate the rest of the roof in the next stage of the project.

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Gina suggested also mounting the same cedar planking onto the door as I’ll be putting everywhere else to hide the door a bit and give a more uniform look. A not so subtle way of telling me she doesn’t like the unfinished plywood look.  I didn’t really care much because its just an attic but the planking would look way better and won’t be too hard to do or cost that much extra. So she’ll get the credit when this looks better than it would have.

DIY Gin

I’ve gone from making beer to making spirits! Unfortunately this doesn’t mean I have a distillery in the basement now, it means Gina got me a homemade Gin kit for Christmas this year.  I had never heard of such a thing but I guess its pretty common.  In essence its a vodka infusing kit.  Gin is pretty much a neutral spirit (like vodka) flavored with juniper berries and a whole bunch of other herbs and the what not.

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Super easy fun little project.  First step: buy 750mL of middle of the road vodka (I went with Smirnoff). Second step: dump juniper berries in the vodka and wait 24hrs, Third step: add herbs and wait 12hrs, Fourth step: Profit.

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I actually ended up leaving the herbs in there for 24hrs instead of 12 because I forgot to strain the gin into the bottles in the morning and didn’t do it until that evening. With something like this I doubt it will make a huge difference but I guess I’ll find out.

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This kit came with a cool metal funnel and a nice strainer that I will probably use again for other stuff around the kitchen and the little bottles it comes with are cool looking and could certainly come in handy down the road as well.

I can’t wait to show up at my next gathering with my own homebrew and my own gin. #hipster

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