If you want to have more rooms in your house without adding square footage, a room partition may be the way to go. A DIY room partition is something that can be completed in a few hours with a few materials. You may not think you have the skills necessary for building a partition, but by following a few simple steps, you'll be amazed at how quickly this addition can go up.
Before you begin building the partition that will separate the rooms, you have several issues to consider. Think about how people will access this new room. You may have to cut a door into the partition or build a door on an opposite wall so people can enter and exit. Also, light and electricity may be an issue if all of the windows and outlets are on one side of the room.
Building the Wall
The first thing you should do when building your walls is to mark where they will meet the ceiling beams. In order to do this, you may have to remove sections of the ceiling to figure out where the beams are. The closer the top of the new wall frame comes to an existing ceiling beam, the sturdier the new wall will be. Next, measure out framing for the new wall, taking into account any doors, plumbing or outlets and cut the frame out of two-by-fours.
Lay out your frame before you put it up. Mark the spots where your studs will be placed before you put up the frame. The studs should be placed every 16 inches. It will be easier to put the frame in place and then place the studs than to construct the studs within the frame and then lift it. When you have measured all of the stud locations, put together the frame with a few nails in each corner. Lift the frame in place, make sure it is level on the top and the sides and hammer it into existing studs and ceiling beams. Remember to keep it as flush as possible to the existing studs.
Once the frame is in place, place the studs in the frame. Make sure the studs are also all level before you hammer them in. If you studs are not level, the wall will not be as strong as it could be, and you could run into trouble down the road. Once the studs are in place, you can add any electrical or plumbing you may need for the new room. Finally, attach drywall to the studs with drywall screws. Plaster over the drywall and paint the new wall.
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