Category Archives: Demolition

Tile and toilets and twisters, oh my!

I know it’s been a while since I gave you all an update.  Does anyone really read this anyway?  Okay, so lots of things have been happening and I’ll do my best to give a quick summary update.  First off, I finally have hot water.  For the first time in what seems like months.

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Celebrating the last window – with a How-To!

I pulled the trim off of the last window tonight!  And I figured I should probably show you people I’ve learned something, even if it’s just how to take trim off of a window.  I mean, after 18 of these suckers, I’m pretty much the authority on the subject.  So I’m passing my knowledge on to all of you with a how-to.  I was an education major, sharing knowledge is what I do.

1. Find a fully trimmed window you’d like to dismantle.  It doesn’t matter why.  Continue reading

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Kelly the Destroyer

I had a rather destructive day yesterday, and I find it amusing that in the context of this house, destructive actually means productive.  I started by tearing into the 3/4 bath downstairs.  The shower and sink both needed to go.  The toilet needs to remain functional until another bathroom is ready, lest we be reduced to relieving ourselves in the woods, and I already pointed out that this was not an option because I did not receive the camp trowel I requested for Christmas or my birthday this year.

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Windows, Windows, Windows

Oh, and some more windows.  18 of them.  Or 19, I can’t remember, and they all start to blur together after a while.  The windows are getting replaced soonish, so my job has been taking the trim off of them.  My goal is to save as much trim as I possibly can to refinish and reuse, but it hasn’t been 100% possible due to some rotting and water damage.  Especially on the sills. Continue reading

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When the walls come crumblin’ crumblin’

As you’ve probably noticed if you’ve looked at the before pictures, there are a lot of walls in serious distress.  And there was a lot of gaudy wallpaper and panelling.  Behind all of that is layer upon layer of skim coat and plaster.  Cracked plaster.  A large part of the demolition process thus far has been removing wall (and ceiling) coverings to see what’s underneath and if it can be repaired or salvaged.  There are a few (a mighty few) walls with decent drywall on them.  The rest are in various stages of disrepair.  Here are some pictures of the progress of removing wall coverings.  Continue reading

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A house must be built on solid foundations if it is to last.

The same principle applies to man, otherwise he too will sink back into the soft ground and becomes swallowed up by the world of illusion. – Sai Baba

So, we had some work done on the basement.  Let me remind you of what it looked like when we started this adventure.

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And The Demo Continues

Hmmmm, what could be under this cardboard??

Hmmmm, what could be under this cardboard??

Oh!  It's the original front door!

Oh! It’s the original front door!

The first of many discoveries in this house, the original front door was found under a layer of cardboard in the NE living room.  I’d love to salvage it and use it somewhere in the house, but we’ll have to see, because it’s had holes drilled into it from when the exterior walls were insulated. Continue reading

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