Ask DJ Lyons: Office Renovations Day 1

My home office is being re-done

My home office in our log cabin is being completely re-done. On day 1 of the renovations, my two handymen are starting to remove the built-in furniture. Once they are gone, they will probably tear out the sloping floor boards next. Check out the pictures to see the progress they are making.

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Dismantling the built-in dresser

We have two wonderful gentleman who do all our home repairs. They do a great job and charge us extremely reasonable prices. Their prices are so reasonable that we always end up paying them more than they request as a tip.

I don't know if you can tell how much the floor slopes. When I stand back, you can see the hill. It was a little challenging to get the camera to fully capture that.

You can see one of the built-in dressers being dismantled. Woo-hoo! I will be so glad to see them gone.

They completed this work on the last day of January in 2011.

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Built-in dresser #1 ready to cart away

As you can see, the built-in dresser is ready to cart away. It is pulled from the wall and lying on its side.

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Built-in bed is half gone

The built-in bed is half gone. Woo-hoo!

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Built-in Chest of Drawers #2 is now gone

Built-in Chest of drawers #2 is gone. This was the main set of drawers where the mice and woolly caterpillars most liked to congregate. Boo hiss!

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The door now fully closes

The door now fully closes. This will be a very good thing since once they tear out the floor boards, we are going to have cold February wind blowing into this room. Keeping the door closed will effectively block this out.














Renovating Books & Products that might help

The Homeowner's Ultimate Tool Guide: Choosing the Right Tool for Every Home Improvement
The Homeowner's Ultimate Tool Guide: Choosing the Right Tool for Every Home Improvement

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Fein FMM 250Q Top Plus MultiMaster Oscillating Detail Sander Tool Kit
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Room for Improvement: Change Your Home! Enhance Your Life! With Tools, Tips, and Inspiration from Barbara K!
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The Complete Guide to Renovating Older Homes: How to Make It Easy and Save Thousands
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Apollo Precision Tools DT9411 Tool Kit, 79-Piece
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Totally Tiffany 5 years ago from Henderson

Wonderful article. I like renovations and bet you'll be glad to have it all done and get to use that home office soon.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Totally Tiffany,

Yes, I am so very excited! Plus, currently, our living room and den look like that Hoarder's show. I will be eager to organize my office and get the living room and den returned to its normal neatness.


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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

Hi Debbie,

What a great idea , to create a hub following the trials and success of renovating your office.

I was going to come in on day 11 but decided to do it the right way round.

Thanks for sharing and take care.

Eiddwen.


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Hi Eiddwen,

Thanks for your visit. The renovations are very exciting. It is slightly frustrating as I want to be in my office yesterday. However, it has given me a new sense of appreciation for people who have the skills to do reconstruction and for this room. I don't think I will ever be tempted to take it for granted. All I will have to do is look back at the pictures and realize how very lucky I am.

Best wishes to you,

Debbie

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