The exterior of our master addition is almost finished, with the brickwork, eaves, and gable now complete. Inside, the Uponor radiant floor heating system and Merillat cabinets have been installed.
Next, the existing deck was tied to the addition, and the decking that had been removed to accommodate construction was put back down. To make the old deck look like new, we cleaned it with Corte-Clean, an eco-friendly composite deck cleaner that removes everything from mold and mildew to grease and barbecue stains, all without harmful chemicals or bleach.
While the carpenters were finishing up on the outside, Tommy Martiniere of Martiniere Landscaping arrived to tackle the yard around the addition. His landscape plan included a stone walkway leading to the far side of the addition where a stone patio—complete with birdbath and bench—turned the area into a secluded retreat. Plants put in around the addition and in the garden area include Japanese yew, African iris, yellow anise, oakleaf hydrangea, camellias, and ferns.
Though the exterior was now finished, there was still a lot left to do on the inside. As is often the case, the first coat of paint highlighted imperfections in the drywall which had to be fixed before the final coat could be applied. The prestained wood trim was touched up as well and given a coat of sealer.
Installation was completed on the cherry cabinets in the breakfast bar, which serve as a focal point of the room. Functional as well as beautiful, they not only provide shelves for books and knicknacks but house a microwave and built-in refrigerator as well. Another impressive amenity is the Dacor coffee system which has its own water supply and can grind, perk, and dispense fresh coffee at the touch of a button.
The center cabinets are topped by a Caesarstone quartz countertop with a Kohler trough sink and faucet.
The prefinished 4¾” wide Brazilian cherry engineered wood flooring by Ua Floors, was installed on top of the Uponor radiant floor heating system. The flooring was put down without nails using wood flooring adhesive. After the adhesive had been spread with a notched trowel, the flooring was tapped into place with a rubber mallet. Excess adhesive was then cleaned up with mineral spirits.
Retractable screens by Phantom Screens were installed on the double glass doors leading to the patio. While hidden when not in use, the screens can easily be pulled out to keep insects at bay and provide a breath of fresh air on those cool fall days.
Video Answering System
The bedroom also featured a NuTone wall mounted video door answering system, allowing the homeowner to see and converse with visitors at the front door without leaving the bedroom. An MP3 docking station and built-in speakers provide the right music for any occasion.
Once the last little touch-ups to the room had been completed, interior decorator Diane Berry of Unique Designs, Inc. could begin working her magic. She selected woven wood shades with blackout liners from Hunter Douglas for the window treatment. Curtains on a wooden rod above the double glass doors could be pulled to provide total privacy.
She also created a custom television cabinet by removing the drawers from a dresser and installing a lift mechanism, allowing the television to rise from a cabinet at the foot of the bed by remote control.
In addition to the bed with upholstered headboard, furniture for the room included a large dresser, desk, and chair for reading which were supplied by Barrow Fine Furniture.
Our mater bedroom addition turned out even better than we had hoped and includes some unique features that will turn the head of any homeowner. It ties in nicely with the remodeled mater bathroom and walk-in closet adjoining it. At almost 500 square feet, the addition has really expanded the feel and space of the existing home.
Other Tips From This Episode
Simple Solutions with Joe Truini:
Closet Rod Cover
While 3/4” metal pipe or thick wall conduit, make a strong closet rod that won’t sag, it’s not very attractive to look at. To improve the looks, cut a piece of 1” thin wall PVC pipe (SDR) to the length needed. After sanding it smooth to remove the markings, slide the PVC pipe over the metal pipe and install in the closet. Not only will it look better, but clothes hangers will slide much easier over the slick plastic surface.
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Best New Products with Emilie Barta:
Schluter®-DITRA Tile Underlayment
This innovative new polyethylene tile underlayment membrane replaces cement backer board when applying tile over a plywood subfloor. At only 1/8” thick, Schluter®-DITRA Tile Underlayment can significantly reduce the finished height of the tile floor. The flexible membrane comes in rolls and weighs only 2 ounces per square foot. After being cut to length, it is set into a bed of thin-set mortar then covered by another coat of thin-set in which the tiles are laid. DITRA acts as an uncoupling and waterproofing layer as well as providing water vapor management in one easy application. Schluter®-DITRA Tile Underlayment is available at The Home Depot. (Watch This Video)
“I’d like to add some extra smoke detectors to my home, but I want to make sure they’re reliable. Do I need to have them hardwired?” -Amy from Ohio
Smoke alarms are one of the best safety features you can buy for your home and can be purchased for as little as $7. While smoke detectors are hardwired into houses in new construction, battery powered unit are best for existing homes. They are easy to install, but you need to remember to changes the batteries about twice a year. Install at least one smoke alarm per level of your home near the bedrooms, and another in the garage.
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