Demo Day 1
|Peach-colored irises growing at the back of the house.|
It's so much fun (?!) to do this for ourselves and visualize the house and our lives there...but that's where it ends. Shew! Sweat equity is real, folks. Sooooo, for all of those who do this for a living, our hats are off to you...and we're going to leave it to you after this. haha
This past week, we got the appraisal back, which was good news, and then officially closed on the house.
The first thing we did was make a few phone calls: electrician, contractor, and Rumpke for a dumpster.
We have a general game plan for each room and are fine-tuning our wants, needs, and what's truly feasible. You have to stay flexible, too, because who knows what surprises you'll find or what has to be re-configured.
While we waited for the electrician to stop by, some of the paneling came down. I have vivid memories of that thin, wood-like paneling from my grandparent's house -- it's almost endearing. That stuff is from a very specific era and we have two colors of it. Regular wood and a light color in the music room.
John got his crowbar and started in the kitchen. Underneath the paneling, we found an old pantry and a brick chimney that was covered up. It wasn't a proper fireplace so maybe it was hooked up to a wood stove at one point.
There are at least 5 layers of wallpaper on the walls in the kitchen and dining room and some of it is really cool.
As I mentioned before, this wall that currently separates the kitchen from the dining room will be opened up. Pony wall! ;)
|Here's the old pantry and to the left is the brick chimney.|
In the meantime, John's Mom, Theresa, began pulling the paneling down in the music room. At one time, this was lovely floral wallpaper. The built-in bookcase will come out so we can build a new one, hopefully on both sides of the fireplace (and we may leave the brick exposed).
The door to the right there is a closet -- it's the funniest thing because it's not a real closet. Not really. It's TINY. I don't even know what to compare it to, honestly, that would give you an idea of the inside. It's barely a foot deep and about 4 ft across. Very odd. Maybe pictures and a video will explain it better (I'll do that soon).
The picture below barely captures the amount of dust in the room -- there were huge clouds of it.
Here's what's on the demolition list:
- Dining Room/Kitchen: remove the wall, widen the doorway
- Music Room: knock out the entire ceiling, take out part of the plaster wall that has mold, close up the "closet"
- Back Bedroom/Bathroom: Completely gut from floor to ceiling, bring out walls into the bedroom for a larger bathroom. Bathroom will be almost rebuilt from scratch.
Once those things are done, the electrician can come in and rewire everything, install new outlets, and give this house a jolt from 110v to a 220v capability. After that, the heating and air will be installed.
More to come!