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How to Make Two Rooms Into One: The Finishing Steps

After combining two rooms and making a new soffit, the next step is to install new outlets, patch holes, install a base cabinet and reroute an air vent. Learn how to finish the remodel with these easy step-by-step directions.

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making two rooms into one
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Install a new Outlet

To install an outlet at the end of a counter, measure and mark the location for the new outlet box. Then, trace the box and cut out the opening.

Cut out an access hole that you know will be covered by the cabinets after they are installed. Then, cut a trench in the drywall between the existing non-metallic building electrical wire and the access hole (Image 1) — this way the non-metallic building electrical wire won't get pinched by the cabinets.

When you get past the stud, feed the non-metallic building electrical wire into the hole and up to the new location; then feed the non-metallic building electrical wire into the new box (Image 2).

Install the new box into the wall and pull it against the drywall by tightening the screws.

If there is an outlet on both sides the wall, instead of capping one off you can connect both legs to the receptacle (Image 3). Strip the wires and connect the black wires to the brass terminals, the white wires to the silver terminals and the ground wires to the green terminal.

Put the receptacle in the box, the cover plate back on and turn the breaker back on.

Step 2: Install the Jamb

Measure for and then install the 1 x 10's that will stop at the counter top and the longer side jamb (Image 1).

Install a 2-1/4” door casing and use 1-1/2” finishing nails to attach them to the walls. Nail the bottom and work your way up the jamb (Image 2), moving the casing as you go. Nail it in place across the top on both sides.
Tip:Renting a power nailer for a small job may seem like an unnecessary expense, but when you consider the time and energy you save by not using a hammer you may find out the money was well spent.

Step 3: Measure and Prepare for the New Cabinets

Find the wall studs and transfer the measurements to the cabinets.

Place 1-/4 inch shims on the sides of the cabinets and secure them to the wall. On the show, the difference of height from the kitchen to the subfloor where the wall was measured 1/4 inch. A shim was placed on the subfloor and nailed in place.

Before setting the second cabinet in place, mark and cut out a hole in the toe kick for a new air register.

Place shims on sides of cabinet and secure to wall

Step 4: Reroute the Air Vent

Remove the old floor vent and install a pre-made air duct that will divert the HVAC to the new register.

Place the second counter over the air vent. Align the 2 cabinets so that they are flush and then align them so that they are level.

reroute the air vent

Step 5: Install the Cabinets

Place shims under the back edges just as before to make sure they are even.

Place a clamp on the cabinets to hold them together.

Use an angle drill with a 1/8th inch bit and pre-drill through the sides of the cabinet (Image 1) at both the top and the bottom. Use a counter sink so that the screws will go in flush with the wood. Use a longer bit to make sure you mark the other cabinet.

Remove the second cabinet and pre-drill the one next to it. Attach the cabinets together with wood screws. Repeat the process for the last cabinet.

Place 1/2” spacers between the cabinets at the back so they will remain flush and nail them in place (Image 2).

Tip: Whenever you have several cabinets side-by-side that are joined together by a single countertop, tightening them together and creating a single unit will stabilize and strengthen the base.

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