Thursday, May 28, 2015

It’s Going Down For Real

Just like the subject line of this post, it’s going down. For real. I wanted to take a time lapse video of the demo of our house and have us do a crazy dance to “GDFR” by Flo Rida but now’s not the time to be messing around on a demo site. The song and the house demo aren’t really related except for that the house is coming down. For real. And that’s the song title. Moving on.

We started demo last Friday. They started by taking apart that heinous back of the house addition that was never permitted.


It was really satisfying to see that piece of junk come down. The owners before us did some modifications on the house that must have been all unpermitted and all wacky. For this addition they laid tile straight onto concrete. It was basically a closed in patio. When the crew ripped it down there was mold and rotted wood. There were two sets of steps that led from the original house down into this addition. One was from the 3rd bedroom and one was from the 2nd bathroom. It was odd. Here’s a photo:

Look how janky these steps are in demo!

One set was wood, tiled over. The other set was brick, tiled over. I don't even want to know what lurks beneath our front porch, which will have to wait for a remodel round 2 when we build our savings back up!

Next, they started on the interior walls. They demoed the kitchen – removed the cabinets, the sink, the flooring. All gone! Before we purchased:

After we purchased:


They then removed the walls surrounding the kitchen and laundry nook and parts of the ceiling. There are a lot of rat nests up there. Luckily, it seems like the rats probably were long gone before we even bought the house 3 years ago.

We are taking down the wall that actually is supporting the house. We’re really interested in how they are going to do this. Here it is with just studs. The big ass beam they are using is laying down next to it, I think:

They removed the walls in bathroom #2. We now have a beautiful view if anyone wants a nature bath. They removed part of the wall that will start our new hallway from the kitchen to the bedrooms. The crew demoed the walls in current bedroom #2 and current bathroom #1. Sayonara. We noticed today that they also removed our floors. Well, the first layer of floors. When we moved in we put down laminate on top of the hard wood because it didn’t match everywhere and was too thin for us to sand down and stain. We put carpet in the bedrooms and removed the kitchen floor (see the before picture above) and put down simpler tile.

So that’s where we’re at as of tonight. It’s thrilling and terrifying to see your own house in ruins. We’re really excited for the rest of the demo to go smoothly (fingers crossed!) and for the re-building to get started. Stay tuned.

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