I bought an old diner a few years back, and renovated it into a house. In my living room, and throughout most of the house, the walls are plaster. Instead of removing all of the plaster and starting from scratch, I decided instead to frame over the plaster and hung drywall.
In the corner of my living room, I left access to the pipes and electrical going up to the second floor so that we could phase old the old knob and tube wiring throughout the house.
All of the plumbing and electrical work has been completed, but now I need to frame out the area that I left open and am having a hard time figuring out what to do here.
The 2x4 on the left in the last pic is basically the only stud I can work off of right now, and it's warped from bearing all of the weight of a plywood door.
On the right side, you can see all of the old wires which are inactive but I've been too much of a sissy to cut them out and remove them, but I guess I'll have to do that I just hear so many crazy stories about knob and tube wiring.
Anyway, I can't seem to find much of a stud on the right of the area, I guess we didn't think far enough ahead. This was years ago when we did this, but all we basically did was frame this area out so that a door could swing from that 2x4 on the left. On the right, there's just a piece of trim that catches the door, no stud.
The closest stud I can find on the right isn't in the corner, so if I were to frame this out with drywall and tap into the closest stud on the right wall, it would come out an additional 6-8 inches and I would lose space. Just to clarify, the wall on the right is drywall, it's the back wall of a bathroom that was added before I bought the house.
The major issue is at the top. If you look at the ceiling in the second pic, it comes out an additional 4-6 inches and there's literally nothing to tap into up there from a framing perspective. I tried to show that in the first pic.
So now I'm stuck trying to figure out how to frame over this and get some drywall hung. I flirted with the idea of installing a corner bookcase over it, but that's more work than I'm looking to do right now.
Any suggestions on how I can frame over this area? Hopefully I explained this well enough.