This weekend I got about half as much done as I had hope to. How many of you are surprised? Believe it or not, the Irishman is. You see, everything in the house is so crooked and wonky that he underestimated what he was up against. Scribing and cutting 2×3’s into wedge shaped shims everywhere! Anyways, he said he can see why it’s taking so long. Anyways, here’s this week’s progress.
So yeah. One wall. And it’s level. And there’s OSB behind the drywall, so installing cabinets should be easy.
Now some things changed since my plan from a week or so ago. I thought the beam would peek out of the face of the soffit. But it isn’t square to the wall, and on the other side of the room it’s too close to the wall to get the same look there. So instead I decided just to build the soffit deep enough to wrap the one beam, and run it all the way across over the window. I kinda liked the old plan better:
But this is the real world. And in that world I have another dilemma. You can see in the drawing above, I have a soffit above the cabinet and a pipe chase to the right. They’re drawn in my imagination at the same depth. Let’s try to figure out what that would look like in the real kitchen.
So you can see that the soffit comes a solid 4 inches past the face frame. Fine, because the soffit is already almost 9 feet up off the floor. It doesn’t exactly close things off. But would I want to run the box around the pipes to the same depth? I don’t think so. I think I’ll make it as small as I can. More or less the same depth as the cabinet, or maybe even a bit shallower It’ll be fine. But please tell me what you think.
And one more view. I have these shear blocks in between the beams at one end of the room where they’re damaged. On the side of the shear block I’m dropping the ceiling height to hide the damage and make room for recessed lights. You can kinda see that taking shape here.
So I’m open to your ideas. I love my exposed beams. The soffit isn’t moving, but I can still himm and haw over the depth of that pipe chase. Wherever it ends up, I’m going to make the opening to the living room a bit narrower because I’m putting wood trim around it. The pocket shutter idea around the patio door is not happening, but the pipe chase will make that window on the side of my kitchen centered on the wall. And that’ll be a nice thing to have, too. So let me know where you think my pipe chase and doorway should be.