... no, this is not THE new room that I've been harping on for 6 months. This particular room was put up by my new contractor in an afternoon, using left over materials.
I needed it because code requires that I have a fire break between the mechanicals (furnace/hot water tank) and the living area of the house. Except, I don't want Winter's litter box in the finished part of the house. I *could* have them finish the new room, and once it's passed inspection then cut a hole in one of the walls or doors so that Winter could get into the unfinished area, but it was suggested to me that if I did that and the house burned down, Insurance would have cause to deny my claim. The walls that were put in today are walls that I'd planned to do some day anyway, so I decided to get it done now. Better safe than sorry. When the door is installed tomorrow, I can cut a hole in the wall behind it and then Winter will have free (legal) access to his pooper.