White Wind Zen Community

A Community practising and teaching Dogen’s Zen since 1985

Hojo Renovations 2020

August 4th, 2020 - November 10th, 2020

Part 1: Demolition, Framing and Insulation

Hojo reovations

Here the kitchen area has been gutted with the old oak flooring removed and the doorway to the closet opened up. This floor is extremely sloped (4 inches from one side of the room to the other) and this will be corrected with a new sub-floor. The opened up closet door will become the space for the fridge with the closet accessed from the office extended to use the newly made space behind the fridge.

Hojo renovations

This is a view of the same area from inside the closet. The new sub-floor is being installed to level out the main room so it is safe and level to walk on. The rear wall behind the fridge is being installed. 

Hojo renovations

This is inside the washroom which was gutted back to the brick. Lots of mouldy drywall was taken out, multiple layers of linoleum, plaster and lathe. Framing has begun on the showers and closet area.

Hojo renovations

Another view of the washroom after demolition. The hung ceiling containing very poor insulation was removed and a new sloped ceiling is being installed. All of the walls in the washroom will receive spray foam insulation to stop any air leaks leaving the room and using icicles during the winter.

Hojo renovations

Another view of the kitchen area with all the old cabinets removed. New water lines will be fed directly from the basement and new drain lines are being installed so that the Hojo receives consistent hot water and the drains work well (which has not been the case for 25 years).

Hojo renovations

Here the sloped subfloor is being installed and flooring has been removed so new plumbing can be installed. 

Hojo renovations

This is a view inside the washroom after the demolition and as the framing starts. 

Hojo renovations

Here the framing for the new shower is being installed and the water lines are going in. All of the 100 year-old plumbing is gone. As we needed to remove two radiators in order to level the floor, the hot water lines are being connected to underfloor heating pipes which will provide warmth during the winter and be more efficient than electric heat. 

Hojo renovations

Here the plywood flooring is being installed so that the main room is level. Framing and wiring can be seen for the fridge.

Hojo renovations

The plywood subfloor was installed.

Hojo renovations

The washroom is ready for the spray foam insulation. The raised floor can be seen in this image so there is now no step down from the main room into the washroom eliminating a tripping hazard. 

Hojo renovations

Here the spray foam insulation is completed, creating an airtight insulation around the exterior wall of the washroom. The huge icicle that formed every year hung from the roof over this room so we did everything we could to prevent water vapour from seeping through the roof to stop the icicle from forming. In addition to the foam, vapour barrier was added.

Hojo renovations

This is the ceiling of the washroom. The extra space above the old ceiling has been opened up to create a vaulted ceiling so the room will feel much more spacious. The ceiling has been insulated with spray foam and vapour barrier. 

Hojo renovations

Here the floor is opened up between the office and the washroom to run new drains from the kitchen area.