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Kitchen Dividing Wall

Adding a Dividing Wall

Even before I was half way through building my first project I started to get ideas of how to modify the kit to meet my requirements. One room wasn't going to accommodate the furniture I plan on purchasing. So I decided to add a dividing wall where the kitchen would be and build an extra room for the bedroom off to the side where the large double windows were.

The Bedroom foundation and floor
Fig 10 <=Click photos for larger picture=> Fig 11
Adding Foundation for the Bedroom Floor

I cut away the wall under the double windows and squared the top of the arches to make a double doorway. I glued a half inch by three quarters foundation of hardwood the length of the house and the bedroom addition to the bottom of the house. This would give ample support to the new addition when picked up.

Adding the Bedroom foundation
Fig 12 <=Click photos for larger picture=> Fig 13
Adding Walls for the Bedroom Addition

I constructed the walls from 1/8 x 1/4 inch strip wood covered with 1/16 inch basswood. I downloaded the instructions for this type of construction from the Northeastern Scale Lumber Company where I buy the majority of my scale wood.

Adding Walls for the Bedroom Addition
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Adding Walls for the Bedroom Addition

Here are two different views of the finished walls. I added the rear roof in figure 17. You can see the rear wall has access for the bedroom.

Adding Walls for the Bedroom Addition
Fig 16 <=Click photos for larger picture=> Fig 17
Adding the Roof for the Bedroom Addition

I constructed the roof from the same material as the walls. I made a simple jig to assemble the rafters by drawing the outline on a plywood panel and taping the wood to the jig.

Adding the Roof for the Bedroom Addition
Fig 18 <=Click photos for larger picture=> Fig 19
Adding the Roof for the Bedroom Addition

The ceiling sits inside the bedroom walls to ensure a tight fit for the roof. The roof will be removable. I glued three strips across the ceiling to keep it flush with the top of the walls for when the rafters are glued on.

Adding the Roof for the Bedroom Addition
Fig 20 <=Click photos for larger picture=> Fig 21
Adding the Roof for the Bedroom Addition

I could have used the finished rafters to accomplish the same thing but decided to glue extra strips of wood to the ceiling and then add the rafters later. Notice the notch cut for where the wall panel ends because of the access cut into the rear wall.

Adding the Roof for the Bedroom Addition
Fig 22 <=Click photos for larger picture=> Fig 23


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