But, I am not a carpenter. I had no idea what I was doing. How hard could it be? People do this type of thing over the weekend, right?
Last Fall I started to frame it up. The floor is crooked, the walls are crooked, nothing is square. I discovered what a Plumb Bob was and what it's used for. And of course I wanted to be green and frugal so I reused some lumber we had left over from the million other projects this place needed. I'm almost embarrassed to post this pic, for fear that some random builder know-it-all will condemn my work! It sat like this for months. (what?? I've been busy! chasing Jack is a full-time job and leaves little room for construction work!)
Eventually I had it solid enough to support the weight of my big & strong husband. That was the test; could he hang from the structure without lumber wiggling or creaking? Why yes! Yes he could! I was afraid to mess around with drywall so I used knotty pine tongue and groove boards for the wall. Add a few shelves and a closet pole... *eureka* Nina has a closet!
But it wasn't very purdy.
Another trip to Menards for 1x4's,1x6's and trim, another date with the compound miter saw, and a Pepsi or two resulted in a wall! I built a wall! I stole the baseboard moldings from inside the closet and cut them for my new wall. Looks spiffy, huh? Eventually everything will get painted. Eventually.
I still have plenty of work to do before I'll say I'm done. I plan on adding 6 panel bi-fold doors and then fashioning two large doors for the top. Or maybe just long curtains for the whole thing. Depends on how lazy I am, I guess!