First, I want you to know that this is how I've been living my life for the last two and a half weeks:
It is chock full of NOT OKAY and OMG CLUTTER and crazy-making. Tova's room is only so big and we didn't want to leave much of anything in the room while we were removing plaster and such. I hate it.
Hopefully it'll be gone soon. I can't handle it.
So after we fixed the electrical placement and cut out where we wanted to raise the doorway, Kyle and I carefully removed the header beam, cut down the support studs, and replaced the beam in it's new location.
Look at how big and spacious that feels! It's remarkable how it changes the feel of the whole closet AND opens up space for us to create some real storage solutions, but I'm getting ahead of myself.
He also began hanging drywall after, you know, he laid down the new hardwood floor, no big.
He has become kind of shockingly pro at laying hardwood. He had it done in like an hour and a half without any of my help. We had some wood leftover from Tova's floor that we started with, but it wasn't quite enough. Luckily the Depot still carries something similar, so we picked up one pack and finished the interior of the closet.
Obviously, there is a transition issue (ha! special needs parent humor! OH THE IRONY) so we thought about it for a while and decided that we'd add another plank of hardwood to kind of float over the subfloor and the gap to the parquet and get a transition piece to create a buffer so no toes (big or small) get injured in the indefinite amount of time between this project and when we can actually tackle the whole floor.
Yes, that's drywall mud everywhere. Kyle thought it would be better to do all the mudding and sanding before we stain and poly the hardwood so dust wouldn't get caught in the new poly. I'm not entirely sure I agree with him, but you know, he's doing this project because I asked him to so he gets some leeway.
The transition piece doesn't 100% fix our issues of gaps, but at least now they're where trim was/will be and not where feet walk.
The plan is when we get to the whole floor that we'll just take up the transition piece and the floater plank and continue on from that point, but since we have absolutely no idea when that'll be, this will make the whole closet situation look more complete instead of a stubbed-toe booby trap.
And as you can see, it does the job quite nicely.
Of course, it'll be interesting to see what the two different wood floor colors look like up against one another, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.