Saturday, September 10, 2011

Safety renovations progressing, a mess for now!

Renovations continue to prepare the house for the first Valhallans, with safety, practicality, and frugality at the top of the very long priorities list.

The sunken living room floor was a terrible safety hazard, and several people had accidently stepped backwards off of it already. Those with mobility challenges would have had real navigational problems with it as well, so the only logical solution was to raise the entire floor flush with the surrounding floors:

Although most of the Soldiers and war zone civilian workers who come to Valhalla will undoubtedly be able-bodied, those in wheel chairs or have other mobility issues will also need to access key areas of the house. The loft and regular bedrooms were placed in such a way that it will never be possible to widen the doorways and hallways. However, converting the existing recreation room off the kitchen into a comfortable bunkhouse will provide anyone with special accessibility needs with a nice place to stay as well as access to the kitchen, dining room, and living room. First step: widen the doorways to these key areas:

Next step: replace the bunkhouse bathroom with a wheel chair-friendly wet room:

Note that the wet room project is still in progress, although Keith and Charles expect to have it finished by Wednesday of next week.

While renovations are a lot like sausage making there are a number of projects that have been completed already. Valhalla will need an office and so we allocated space out of the master bedroom and an oversized hallway closet to build one:

While Keith Hurst and Charles Jefferson are handling the structural construction jobs we're staying busy with painting and less complicated projects.

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  1. It's good to hear that despite your knowledge and experience, you guys are still prioritizing safety first. Congratulations on that fantastic looking project!

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