As I try to keep my bedroom project moving forward, I am working on an assortment of small projects to get the room ready for sheetrock. One of these had been stripping paint from the window frames and radiator in the room. But before I could start with the paint removal, I had some preparations […]


Window Frame Insulation

by Josh on December 21, 2009 · 3 comments

in Bedroom,Projects,Windows

In my long-running bedroom project, the next piece that I am tackling is the restoration of the two double-hung windows.  Recently I thought of a great way to insulate the weight pockets next to the window frame. And then I thought of a different idea that would actually work. But before I get to that, […]


Post-Insulation Follow-up

by Josh on October 14, 2009 · 5 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

It has been a week since the spray foam insulation was installed for my upstairs bedroom renovation project, so it’s time for me to make good on my pledge to provide a follow-up post on the issues of smell and satisfaction. That New Insulation Smell Venting the newly-foamed areas with fans was essential for the […]


Insulation Day Live Blog

by Josh on October 7, 2009 · 8 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

After a two-day schedule shift to allow my insulator to work on an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition house in St. Paul, today is my insulation day! I thought it would be fun to try a live blog format to capture the pace of the day’s activity.  I’m already a bit behind schedule, so let’s get […]


Getting Insulation-Ready

by Josh on September 24, 2009 · 8 comments

in Bedroom,Journal

With the rough wiring done, the next step in the bedroom remodeling project has been to get the space ready for insulation.  Some of these steps were determined by choosing closed-cell polyurethane spray foam as the insulating material, others are based purely on my own preferences.  Here are my steps in insulation prep: Seal off […]


Bedroom Update: Wired

by Josh on July 31, 2009 · 10 comments

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My bedroom renovation project passed the first of several inspections a little while back when the electrical inspector signed off on the wiring rough-in. For now, those new wires are sitting dormant until the walls are finished and the new fixtures and receptacles can be connected.  But the upgrade of the electrical box from fuses […]


Electricians’ Eve

by Josh on July 8, 2009 · 0 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

Twas the night before the electricians and through part of the house I was marking outlet locations with help from my spouse… Since my last post, I received bids from four electrical contractors and selected one to work with me on the bedroom project upstairs.  Tomorrow the wires start running. If the electrical job simply […]


Bedroom Update: In Pictures

by Josh on June 19, 2009 · 5 comments

in Bedroom,Projects

My last couple posts have lacked pictures, but I finally took the camera around and captured a few images of the progress up in the bedroom. This first photo shows the partially-stripped door into the bedroom and the newly relocated doorframe for the closet.  The radiator at the bottom of the image is sitting partially […]


As scheduled, my construction contractor arrived on Monday morning with his assistant to finish up the framing in my bedroom project.  While they relocated a door frame and furred out rafters, I hauled away demolition material and kept my kids out of trouble. After a few hours, the framing was finished and the room was […]


Getting Back To Reality

by Josh on June 9, 2009 · 5 comments

in Bedroom,Ideas,Projects

Reality.  We can waste a lot of time and energy trying to avoid it, but eventually, unfailingly, reality catches up with us. So what’s the reality that I’ve been trying to avoid?  Simply this: my upstairs bedroom project will not be finished by the end of the summer if I insist on doing the work […]