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Garage Conversion

Blog series by Olaf Gradin consisting of 5 parts so far

Part 1: Additions to the Household

10-07-2008 09:05 PM by Olaf Gradin | 3 comments »

In just a few weeks, we’ll have a new baby girl to bring into our shrinking home. In just a few weeks, I hope to have added a recreation / office room to our house to compensate. I’m using my two-car garage and cutting it half such that a car would not fit within its depth. The outer half will be my workshop while the inner half will be a playroom. My task is not, on the surface, too difficult save for the fact that I’ve never done this kind of work before and I’m ...

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Part 2: Subfloor Paneling

10-10-2008 04:19 PM by Olaf Gradin | 1 comment »

I’ve recently finished one half of the 21’ subfloor I’m building. I’m out of joists, so I’ll need to buy more before continuing. In the meantime, I figured I would go ahead and lay paneling where I could as the leveled joists over the concrete floor are making it increasingly more difficult to walk. I tacked down a few rows of insulation and already have the vapor barrier purchased and ready to go. As soon as I can get out to the store, I’ll be purchasi...

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Part 3: Sorscha Valkyrie is Here!

10-25-2008 02:02 PM by Olaf Gradin | 1 comment »

Time to get busy on that garage conversion again! Our new baby girl is here and I’ve got the next two weeks off to help out at the house with mommy and baby. I was 60% done before now, so the rest should come together pretty quickly. Of course, you’re all probably more interested in seeing our newest addition! Head over to the Gradin.com blog to see the news.

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Part 4: Walling Off

12-09-2008 08:36 PM by Olaf Gradin | 2 comments »

As of Sunday night, the separating wall is nearing completion. Since our little girl was born, I’ve framed the wall (with the exception of a four foot section where the door will go), run my electrical, and insulated most of the new wall. The framing went without headache. I built a simple jig that allowed me to compress-fit a board onto the top sill while I screwed in the studs. Yes, I used screws exclusively for this project per the recommendation of retired, professional framer...

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Part 5: BIG Updates

01-03-2010 07:21 AM by Olaf Gradin | 1 comment »

Boy do I have updates to share! I’ve finally finished this project, merely 452+ days after it began. The garage conversion has been completed! I now have a spacious 10’x20’ room attached directly to my dining room. It is better insulated than any other part of the house and we’re already enjoying the comfort during these nights in the 20’s (of degrees F). Also, my daughter is walking well enough these days. My earlier posts spoke of her birth – well now ...

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