Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Demo Days Have Found Us

The constraints: 

Three day weekend, 30 cubic yard dumpster, four rooms.

The participants: 

Mike and I, my dad, and two friends who pitched in for a day.

The challenge: 

Tear out all plaster and lath (including ceilings), cabinets, fireplace, and non-original framing for closets and doors. Remove all of the nasty ancient carpet. Fill the dumpster to the very top.

The results:

Dining room (those of you who have visited may recognize this room as our bedroom from when we lived downstairs):

Dining room looking into the pre-demo living room. Look at how big the doorway is with the framing removed!

Living room:

Our "fireplace" plus a hidden duct. More on the fireplace/chimney in a later post, but let's just say it's half the size it appeared to be and never seems to have been used for actual fire.

Living room looking into the light dining room.

First floor bathroom. with secret hidden doorway. More on that later as well, but we discovered that the first floor full bath was likely at some point a scullery.

First floor bath with the true ceiling height revealed. So yeah, there was a second ceiling. Not a drop ceiling - just an extra ceiling.

Kitchen. Note the revealed doorway to the first floor bath on the left behind the lamp.

Kitchen, including bonus giant houseplant that lives outdoors in the summer and doesn't fit anywhere upstairs in the winter. So it will live there for now since it refuses to die.

My poor tortured hands after day two. I'm still trying to scrub the grime out four days later.

The lath that came out of the kitchen. That's right - only the kitchen made that huge pile. And the guy who pitched in tremendously to create that pile (hi Dad!).

And last, but most certainly not least, a terrible through-the-window-screen, I'm-too-tired-to-do-real-photography shot of a completely full dumpster.

Coming soon to a blog near you - a closer examination of the fireplace situation and an exploration of the first floor bathroom/scullery/pantry. Until then, I'm going to bed.

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