When “Nothing” Is Much Better Than “At Least Something”

by projectbuddy


Sometimes a photograph with not much in it is a beautiful thing. Here is a really good example of this. What had once been an awkwardly out-of-place door cut into the wall decades or so after the house was built is gone with the original floor plan restored.

It took a good amount of work to get everything even and seamless between the original wall and my replacement section that filled the doorway. The extra efforts were definitely worth it, and to anyone who has a similar project in mind, I’d like to offer a few friendly tips.

The new studs and plasterboard were recessed enough to match the position of the wall’s lathe boards. This meant that although the buildup of material applied to the plasterboard would be more than truly needed, it would equal the buildup to the basic lathe and plaster construction. Addition is easier.

Pieces of thin flexible mesh tape were imbedded into the plasterwork to provide strength and prevent future cracks between the old and new work. The final coats of compound were smoothed and evened with a large board that spanned both surfaces, much like using an extra large joint compound knife.

This corner is now one of the first things you notice when entering the room. It is the largest section of wall without any window or door or fireplace, just an expansive empty corner waiting for some comfortable seating and perhaps a wooden game board and some art history books.

Here is a “before” look at the corner of the living room where a door had been added to turn a closet into a hallway into the bathroom.

Here is a “during” look at the original wallpaper that was revealed while working on this project.

This photograph was taken December 2013 and cropped some just to emphasize how nice it is to have a corner with nothing in it. Later there should be photos of how this how this was a correct choice in the architect’s original floorplan.