View Full Version : The New Office Reno'

01-27-2008, 02:08 PM
Hello everyone...I am documenting my office from start to finish and I thought I would share with you all. Perhaps it will inspire you to spruce up your own, you may learn something...but I'll be the one learning probably.

Please post your comments and ideas. Everyday or so I'll post some new pictures with a description of what I am doing. I am taking some video as well that I will post.


01-27-2008, 02:20 PM
My materials finally arrived on Friday! Just barely fit through the garage door.

Took down all of the ugly paneling and styrofoam behind it (3 dump runs so far). The marks on the wall is from the old adhesive used to glue the foam insulation. I scrapped the larger pieces from the block and I do not anticipate a problem gluing the new polystyrene (using PL 300).

Well the insulation is going up rather nice. Had to tack in some nails to hold it in place. I used tuck tape to join all of the seams. With this Extruded Polystyrene Insulation you do not need to use vapor barrier...but you need to make sure that all of the cracks, nooks and crannies are taped and spray foamed to prevent moisture from coming through.

01-27-2008, 11:15 PM
Oh very nice Richard! Are you converting a garage area into an office?

Did you create any drawings of the way you want it to turn out?

01-27-2008, 11:23 PM
In my basement actually. 26' x 13' is the room size...lucked out with 7'8" ceilings down there. My garage is my shop...well going to be. I just finished insulating will have pics up in the morn.

01-28-2008, 08:21 AM
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01-28-2008, 08:22 AM
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01-28-2008, 08:51 AM
I like the videos! Aren't they fun to make!

What do you have to do with your heating?

01-28-2008, 08:55 AM
I have to move a vent from the wall to the other side of the room...don't know why they did that? Right now there are 2 registers on the left side of the room...one from the ceiling and one coming right out of the wall near the top. Moving the one from the wall to the right side ceiling.

01-28-2008, 09:03 AM
Will that be difficult? Also how are you planning on sealing the garage door or what will you do with that?

01-28-2008, 09:08 AM
I do plan on insulating the garage door in my shop. I'll be using 2" foam to do so. However this summer I will be replacing it completely.

01-28-2008, 09:11 AM
Will you be sealing the garage door shut or how will that work?

01-28-2008, 09:14 AM
Just to clarify...my garage is my shop and my office is in my basement. The door will still function as a garage door...will be storing my trailer in it.

01-28-2008, 09:19 AM
Oh sorry! I got confused there a bit http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

01-28-2008, 01:36 PM
All done insulating. Once I got going and got a system down it was smooth sailing.

Remember to use expansion foam to seal all gaps. We want this to be air tight.

01-29-2008, 12:29 AM
well now that the insulation is all done next is clean up and start framing. I'll have to put in my bottom and top plates. I am using pressure treated 2 x 4 for the bottom plates to prevent rot and moisture wicking up.

01-29-2008, 12:37 AM
How is the insulation adhered to the wall? Also I am looking forwards to seeing your framing! Do you frame after you insulate? I had thought the insulation went between the studs. So this is all a learning experience for me.

01-29-2008, 12:40 AM
I used a product called "PL300", most adhesives will break down (melt) the foam...but this is the best. Apply evenly to the back of the foam board and press to the wall.

I will be framing on top of the insulation. With this foam board you don't need vapor barrier...the idea is to create a complete seal, therefore you can frame on top of it.

01-29-2008, 12:50 AM
This is a lot of fun to watch!

01-29-2008, 09:16 AM
The room is getting nice and warm now...need to open a window to continue to work in there...guess the insulation is working well http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

This is fun doing this as well...I am learning a lot.

01-31-2008, 07:23 AM
Any new pics?

01-31-2008, 08:15 AM
I was suppose to start framing yesterday...but I had a setback. Should be on it tomorrow. Will have pics up then.

02-03-2008, 09:14 PM
Well the framing is now all done. Next step is electrical.


I used pressure treat for the bottom rails and wrapped it in plastic...moisture begone!


02-03-2008, 11:04 PM
Looking good, there, Ritchie... motivating me to do mine... I'll try to take some pics of my "office" once I get it all cleaned up... your basement looks a LOT like mine. are you on a split foyer with your laundry area between your "office" and garage?

02-04-2008, 05:20 AM
This is so much fun to watch it all come together!

02-04-2008, 09:16 AM
Going out today and getting some more lumber and nails (how do you run out of nails???)

Then I am starting the electrical today. Putting 8 directional flush-mount potlights in, 10 outlets, and my ethernet components. I'll be constructing a built in as well to house my router and modem and other various components.

Drywalling should be started this Saturday.

02-10-2008, 10:09 PM
Finished the electrical....most behind the scenes so not many pics of it...but it is a lot cleaner then this picture. Everything is tacked within 8" of any box and the ethernet cables are tied and secured. I installed 8 outlet boxes on their own circuit and I am cutting out the can lights tomorrow.

Blue cable is my for my home network.

Drywalling has started.

Ceiling is done drywalling.


Drywall just about finished.

Here is the crazy weather we are having at the moment. All roads anywhere are closed.


Making custom cabinet for my modem and router...also adding 3 nooks for storage. Should be fun drywalling them.


02-11-2008, 08:40 AM
Very Sweet! Were you able to install that drywall yourself?

02-11-2008, 09:45 AM
I had two friends over to help lift it and put it into place. Sheets too heavy to even try to do by myself...and using a lift would take too long.

02-13-2008, 06:12 PM
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02-13-2008, 06:36 PM

That is just very neat! Did you ever think about offering handyman services too? I bet you could get a lot of work especially in the winter time.

02-13-2008, 07:05 PM
I have never offered it...but not to say I wouldn't. The amount of business around here is probably crazy for this type of stuff...but I am not a pro by any means. I just like working with my hands...and if I mess anything up it is my house.

02-13-2008, 07:15 PM
It looks good.

02-15-2008, 12:41 PM
Well good luck with everything.

02-22-2008, 09:32 PM
Well the pot lights are all installed and the drywall is all taped...skim coat going on tomorrow. After that stucco the ceiling and prime the walls.




02-22-2008, 09:36 PM
How sweet!


How did you determine where to put the lights?

02-22-2008, 09:41 PM
well I knew I was putting in 8 lights so I spaced them out equally length wise...and for the width I measured to the center and came back to the wall by half. I made my marks and snapped a light chalk line. The back four lights are controlled by one dimmer and the front for are on another dimmer.

02-22-2008, 11:39 PM
Well I like the way it looks. Lighting fixtures are really interesting when you think about how there are so many different ways to light up a room.

You really create this dramatic effect with the different lights. It's almost as if you are walking on stage.

02-22-2008, 11:42 PM
Yes it looks really cool...I was very happy on how they turned out. Gonna shoot another shot video tomorrow when I get the skim coat on.

02-22-2008, 11:45 PM
I am looking forwards to it. What will you be doing with the walls? What color or wallpaper?

04-01-2008, 06:11 PM
Well the office is all primed and ready for paint. I'll be painting the ceiling tonight and the walls tomorrow.



04-01-2008, 06:22 PM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ Feb. 22 2008,11:45)]I am looking forwards to it. What will you be doing with the walls? What color or wallpaper?
I'll be painting the walls....color is 'Sepia Tan' and the white trim will pop. I wanted a color that won't darken the room. And I'll be applying a white ceiling paint...with the blue additive but dries white.

04-01-2008, 06:50 PM
The blue tinted ceiling paint is a lifesaver. The first time I ever painted a ceiling, I looked at it the next day and noticed it looked really patchy. I've always used the blue stuff since then.

04-01-2008, 06:52 PM
Well it looks really good but im guessing that I need to get you to work on my website so you can have some extra cash to pay for this project. http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

04-01-2008, 06:54 PM
Quote[/b] (clarklandscaping @ April 01 2008,6:52)]Well it looks really good but im guessing that I need to get you to work on my website so you can have some extra cash to pay for this project. http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif
LOL...very nice!

Extra cash is always welcomed...

04-01-2008, 07:16 PM
Nice pics you must be very happy with the results.

04-01-2008, 08:50 PM
Well the ceiling paint went on very nice...worth it to spend the extra cash on the good stuff. Color on the walls tomorrow...yes Steve, I am very happy with the way it is turning out. I really spent a lot of time it so far...it is a good feeling to say I did it.

04-03-2008, 07:44 AM
Well paint is done...took two coats all around. Just need to do some touch ups. Next...all detail work.



04-03-2008, 10:53 AM
Very nice! How did you come up with that color?

04-03-2008, 11:08 AM
Look real nice! Whats will you be using for flooring? I just did a remodel for my mom and gutted a room and put in new sheetrock trim doors window trim and laminate floors. I like the laminate goes down easy and fast.

04-03-2008, 11:16 AM
I'll be putting down carpet flooring to match the rest of the carpet throughout the house. I would have loved to put down laminate or hardwood, but being the basement I didn't think that would be a good idea. The concrete constantly wicks moisture and that would eventually warp the floor...not right away but over time. I could have done it if I put down a good sub floor, but at around $1500.00 it wasn't in my budget.

04-03-2008, 11:18 AM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ April 03 2008,10:53)]Very nice! How did you come up with that color?
Well first off we wanted a rich color for the walls, but most rich colors are dark. So we went to a few pallets lighter and came across a really nice chipset. When it came down to it, it was the only color my wife and I could agree on.

04-03-2008, 01:13 PM
Now will you be doing the moulding a different color?

04-03-2008, 04:12 PM
I love the colour choice...looks almost the same as what I've got in my bedroom/office at home.

04-07-2008, 08:57 PM
Don't know why, but for me the hardest part was framing and finishing this window. Pain in the butt.


04-07-2008, 08:58 PM
Quote[/b] (Team Gopher @ April 03 2008,1:13)]Now will you be doing the moulding a different color?
All the trim will be white, as well as the door.

04-08-2008, 12:07 PM
Well you did a great job! I really enjoy watching this all come together.

04-25-2008, 10:38 PM
well the carpet went in two days ago...



04-25-2008, 10:40 PM
...and I just finished putting on the baseboards...theres my desk...a really nice desk but seems to be lost in such a big room at the moment. Moving in the cupboards next.



04-25-2008, 11:04 PM
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04-25-2008, 11:13 PM

04-25-2008, 11:16 PM
That is very sweet.

Having too much room is always a good thing because as time goes on you tend to want to save more and more stuff!

04-25-2008, 11:27 PM
Thanks Steve....you know it is crazy to go through all of the posts in this tread and watch it from start to finish...a lot of work went into this project. Neat to catch it all!

04-25-2008, 11:46 PM
I think you did a super awesome job http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

I have not seen this thread before *has it been that long since I have posted here* and loved seeing your pictures... http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/biggrin.gif

04-26-2008, 12:03 AM
well thank you very much Tara...when I started this tread I wasn't sure if anyone would be interested but I am happy with all of the positive responses. Thanks!

04-26-2008, 02:56 AM
Haha...I never got a feel for how big the room was until I saw the photos/video of the desk in it. Great work...you put my attempts at home renovation to shame.

04-26-2008, 10:54 AM
Quote[/b] ]Haha...I never got a feel for how big the room was until I saw the photos/video of the desk in it. Great work...you put my attempts at home renovation to shame.

Thanks...ya the room is rather large approx 25 x 13. We have the wardrobes in there now and a coffee table. Going to get some chairs soon.

Computer is going down there today...test the network, fingers crossed. Sara is going to decorate the room...make it livable.

We are also thinking of getting a new door, one with the translucent window panes in it. I think that would look nice.

04-26-2008, 10:39 PM
Keep us posted when you are up and running in your new office http://www.gophergraphics.com/forum/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/smile.gif

04-27-2008, 07:56 PM
For sure Steve....we are moving all of the computer stuff in tonight and I'll take some pics. Should be completed by tomorrow....will keep you posted.