Saturday, July 18, 2009

Making Progress!

In the past week, the ceilings have come out of the kitchen and living room, which have exposed a roof/attic in very good shape. Also, the chimney has been torn out of the kitchen, the walls of the butler's pantry have been removed, and the doorway in the second bedroom has been moved (to prepare for the future addition). We have decided on a great layout for the addition that utilizes all available space of the existing house and minimizes wasted space in hallways. We'll even have a small laundry room on the main floor, which will be nice. We are going to turn in our application for the Historic Resource Commission on Tuesday, to get on the agenda for their August meeting - approval of addition plans are necessary since we are in the historic district. All is on track for the rehab to be done by October 1, with the addition to begin shortly thereafter...

Attic/roof above kitchen
Initial removal of chimney and butler's pantry walls
Chimney and walls are gone!
Wall between kitchen and dining room has
been opened up... A shorter wall/breakfast bar will be
added back in its place... (Looking towards kitchen)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

The tear out continues.....

The crew continues the trash removal and demolition at the house. The latest casualty.....the back porch. This porch was closed in years ago years ago using cheap faux wood panelling and virtually zero insulation. It had to its place will be new conditioned space that will serve as a mudroom in the rear of the house.

German siding and a beadboard ceiling was uncovered in the bonus room. The previous owners had nailed a heavy canvas fabric over the entire room. The beadboard will remain, but the siding will likely be removed and replace with drywall during the bathroom construction.

The backyard was also uncovered....My buddy Lee also identified several invasive species (Tree-of-heaven, etc.) that will be removed during the landscaping phase of the project.

beadboard in bonus room

back porch demolition

View of cleared backyard (tree of heaven in center)

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Week #2 - Interior clean up Pt. 2

With all of the trash out of the house, this week was spent assessing the damage to the ceiling and walls within the house. Old flooring (asbestos tile) in both the kitchen and guest bedroom were pulled up and trashed. The original oak/pine flooring underneath was still in decent condition, but will require significant sanding and staining.

We will be meeting with our interior designer tomorrow to discuss the layout for the addition. Stay tuned for more information on that portion of the project!

wood floors in guest room

water damage in living room

wood floors in kitchen

old paneling in bonus room