Thursday, 2 April 2009

cupboard love

It seemed like just building a room wasn't difficult or time consuming enough, so as this room is to be a work room/lounge for our lodgers we decided to build a whole load of storage into the hull wall. We could build a nice big set of cupboards with a worktop on top and also build recessed storage into the sloping wall, between the ribs of the hull.

After screwing a guide batten into the wall at the point where the vertical meets the slope

i started to build the framework

and then put a top on the frame and a front on the sloping wall.

before cutting holes in the wall piece, ready to be turned into recessed boxes.

Then lorna cut the side and top pieces, and used the pieces that we had cut out to make the holes as the backs for the boxes.

The boxes were all assembled

and then attached to the back of the wall and glued in place

before we hoisted the whole wall back into place and neatened up any rough edges with wood filler.

Lorna then planed and cut to size some scrap timber to form the bottom shelves

and glued battens in place to hold the top shelf for each recess.

With everything in place, and the final bits of wall cut top size and screwed in, it looked pretty neat, and utilised what would have been a whole load of wasted space between the ribs of the hull. It just remained to cut the doors for the cupoards lower down...

skinning up

So, with the insulation in

and battens in place on the sloping section of wall

it was time to skin the room with sheets of 12mm ply.

Having learnt the lessons from the last room these inner walls went up pretty fast, and it was soon time to build in the door frame, using the door itself as a template to make sure it was square.

with the door frame in we could then build the final bit of stud wall,

and skin it.

The floor was also in a bit of a state, made up of lots of bits and pieces,

and with a big hole in it

so we recycled the chipboard ceiling panels into a new floor, ready to have the laminate flooring installed on top.

red sky at night

I've got another giant update brewing, but in the meantime here's a rare moment of peace and tranquility on the good ship Serenity.