This home remodeling project was a complete room rehab that required us to remove an interior stucco covering down to bare studs. Only the windows on the back wall remained, but we did have to replace the wood trim around them. We also replaced the 2 windows and entry door on the side wall with an 8 foot sliding patio door.
Stripped Room to Bare Studs
The room interior was stucco coated, which is an impervious exterior siding application. Yet, here it was covering the interior ceiling and walls. Stucco is made by applying cement over wire lath, and is very hard to remove; three of us fought with it for 2 days.
Upgraded the Electric Facility
With the stucco off we upgraded the electric service with more outlets and replaced the lighting fixtures. There was also a hose-bib faucet inside the back porch that dated back to the original construction, which we removed. Also, we needed to expand a smaller dining room doorway, as specified by the owner.
Making Structural Changes
So, we enlarged the dining room doorway to the greatest extent possible by moving electric switches and wires to new locations. An HVAC duct finally prevented us from continuing the expansion any longer. We couldn’t easily relocate this duct. Albeit, they were very happy with the new open-look that resulted.
Next we replaced the 2 side windows and entry door with an 8-foot sliding glass door, and the exterior stucco had to be patched and painted and new trim boards installed outside around the sliding glass door.
Then, on the interior again, we installed new drywall on the ceiling and walls. Following that we were able to put up new trim for baseboards, and window and doorway casings. Next, the flooring required special consideration.
The Flooring Solution
The home-owner wanted the dining room hardwood flooring to continue into the porch. Upon arriving the porch floor had a ceramic tile over concrete slab floor, and the tiles we had to chip off with a hammer and chisel. Then we went over the concrete with 3/4-inch plywood subfloor that had to be carefully match to the exact height of the dining room floor. When installing the hardwood, you can see in the picture, we staggered the start of each new board so no transition would be evident.
Finishing the Interior
But, on the wall opposite the sliding glass door we put up plywood instead of drywall with spaced wood boards forming a regular pattern, which we then stained.
For the finishing touches we made and installed accent ceiling beams. These we then also stained with a natural protective oil-based stain. Finally, we painted the ceiling, walls and woodwork to finish our complete room rehab project.
And if you’re in the Newtown Square, Havertown or Wynnewood area, we hope to see you on your next complete room rehab project. So get in touch and we’ll come out and see what we can do you for you!