Master Bedroom
This is the photo that was used in the listing. The knotty pine was too dark for our taste so it had to be removed to brighten up the room.

Under the 3/4" knotty pine and 1x4 firring strips we found evidence of a now eradicated termite population and mold. The mold is probably from the roof damage caused during Hurricane Charley in 2004.

It started as just removing drywall where the mold was evident.

But the more drywall we removed, the more water and termite damage we found.

Under the window you can see we painted the cinder block with a mold preventing paint.

We finally removed all the drywall on the exterior walls and painted them.

The opening where the ladder is was a walk thru to a hallway. We decided to turn it into a walk-in closet.

The original door to the master bath was 24" wide. We opened it up for a 30" door and along the way decided to strip that wall of drywall too.

Framing out for the pocket door...

Might as well remove the rest of the drywall. Part of that wall is exterior facing.

Firring out with new pressure treated lumber.

I chopped out an opening for an electrical box that will house switches. I was surprised to find conduit but then realized they used it to feed romex down the wall.

A different angle on the progress thus far...


To accommodate the electrical boxes, I had to rip 2x4s to make firring strips. The ones I used on the window wall were too shallow but each one was more than a single 2x4. Should have done that from the get-go.

The electrical installation adds wall sconces and a couple more outlets. One will be to feed the water bed, two for the night stands and another is a convenience outlet that won't be buried behind the night stand.

The pocket door is installed and the electrical has been brought around to the entry door. The switch fed by romex is a 3-way for the dining room light. That will be moved to the dining room wall.

We decided to take the old solid pine, 6-panel doors and change them from an inswing to a double pocket door. There used to be an 8' sliding door there until former owners made part of the lanai into a dining room. At one point a former owner had built shelves in the void left by the patio door removal.