Chip and Clada Self-Portrait


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                                   Building Our House in the Caribbean                                                          

                               Step 75 - The Guest Bedroom, Bathroom and Closet Ceiling and Walls
                                                            We have a lot to do before we can plaster the guest bedroom.
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First, Clada cleaned the ceiling, then she caulked all of the seams and openings, and finally applied a second primer coat.

Chip touches up the edges since he is a better painter than Clada.  GBR3

        GBR2 Chip wondered how Clada got paint on the back of her legs during ceiling work.

       Clada finishes up the last of the second prime coat.  GBR Ceiling1  GBR Ceiling2
                          Finally....ready to start on walls!

                 We ordered lumber from a local lumber company, which we washed in a bleach solution. 
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     Chip constructed the bathroom partition first.  We wanted to install pocket doors which made it more complicated. 

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                                           Next Chip installed the wall that leads into the closet, which also has a pocket door. 

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Then Chip continued the walls up to the ceiling, which was challenging since he had to work with the exposed rafters. 

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                                                             Scaffolding is critical to work on our house!

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                           Chip did most of the work himself, with Clada's help only needed now and then. 

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              Chip bought a cheap door to test all of the door slide hardware, so he was confident it worked well before we plaster.

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                                                       Chip installed a shower partition and Art roughed in the plumbing.

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                                                                    Here are some photos of the rough-in plumbing.

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          There is no such thing as too many pictures of rough-in electrical and plumbing when you're nailing into a wall.

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                                    Chip has started installing the durock on the shower walls, which will be tiled.
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                                              It takes time to properly size and cut the holes in the plywood. 

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                              This is the guest bedroom closet.                          Chip spends lots of time adjusting the frame.

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                         GB36  Chip is making slow, steady progress on the walls.

                                                                    More to come...this journey is continuing.

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