Drywalling a Second Story Addition….

Remember when I said Mike and I both grew up with dad’s in the construction trade? Well, Mike’s dad is a General Contractor and he surprised us with all the drywall loaded into our house one day. That was a great day because I did not want to help Mike load 250 sheets of drywall upstairs. Then, a week ago he sent someone to help Mike and I put up drywall. Between Mike, his friends, the guy and me the drywall was hung in about a week. Then the most amazing thing happened (I know, my “then’s” are getting pretty repetitive, blame the English language. Any other word sounds pretentious), on Saturday a drywall company showed up at our door (at *ahem* 6 am…) to tape and finish our drywall.

What?!

Yes.

So, we got to stand back while an actual crew of people finished our work – enjoy all of our non-professional hanging guys. It’s a little rough 🙂

In case your curious, hanging drywall goes ceilings then walls. In residential it’s best to hang the sheets on the walls horizontally rather than vertically. The white side goes out. On the ceiling they run perpendicular to the trusses. I guess they run perpendicular to the framing in the walls too when you hang them horizontally… If you want to know more google is a wonderful tool!

Here are some pics of the process!

The entrance to the girl’s rooms:
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Inside Red’s room:
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Inside E’s room:
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From E’s room into the Jack and Jill bath:
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Master Bedroom Entrance from inside the room looking out to the hall:
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Inside the Master Bedroom:drywall_4_second_story_addition
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The girl’s old room now the Playroom/Craftroom:
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Hanging the ceilings in the garage:
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Walls in the stairway:
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Upstairs hall:
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The livingroom/kitchen:
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During the drywall taping/mud/sanding:
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We are also smoothing out all the existing walls, goodbye orange peel!drywall_32_second_story_addition

The playroom/craftroom after skim coat:drywall_30_second_story_addition drywall_29_second_story_addition drywall_28_second_story_addition

Guest bath:
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See the soffit with the light? That hides necessary plumbing and electrical. There is now one over the shower in this bath too. This was the old master and will now be the guest suite:
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This pic shows where one of the posts that supports the kitchen beam (remember the missing “beam” we had to put back in?) and truss header (it spans on top the entire wall of cabinetry so that we wouldn’t have to tear up our kitchen to support the second floor. Think of it like a really big door header.) You’ll never even know this wall was ever tore open, our dishwasher and lazy susan cabinet will go right back in place. drywall_31_second_story_addition
This is where the other post is, the corner of the guest bath:drywall_38_second_story_addition

Entry:
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Garage:
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Upstairs Hall and entrance to Red’s room:drywall_41_second_story_additiondrywall_39_second_story_addition

Looking down the stairs, up the stairs and then up to the whole house fan:
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Under the stairs:
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Entrance to E’s room:
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From E’s room into the Jack and Jill bath:
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Red’s room:
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From Red’s room into the Jack and Jill bath:
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From the hall looking in to the Master Bedroom:
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Inside the Master Bedroom:
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From the Master Bath into the Master Bedroom:
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Inside the Master Bath:
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Here’s what we do when we take breaks:

We pump out flooded water from our parent’s yard #stormwatch2014
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We make cotton candy!
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We lose teeth
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We watch cartoons in our pj’s on lazy Saturday morningsdrywall_13_second_story_addition