Thursday, January 17, 2013


And we're off!!  We're having a week of decent weather and it's an ideal time to get started.

We're not calling this the demolition phase, because we're trying to save everything that can be salvaged.  We know we'll fill a few dumpsters, but would like to keep as much out of the landfill as possible.  We've spent a couple of weeks taking out all the things we can reuse (doors, hardware, etc), donating mid century elements to Habitat for Humanity(glass cabinet doors, handles, light fixtures, doors, etc) and selling off old appliances on Craigslist.

So at long last, we're ready to get started:

First step, we had to remove the roof from the main body of the house

These pictures make it look easy - but there was a huge amount of work involved.  
They cut an access hatch to clear out the attic

So weird standing outside as you climb up the staircase!!

See all that snow?  These guys don't wear coats and I'm standing there dressed like the kid in 'A Christmas Story'!  I can't seem to wear enough layers to stay warm.

Next, we removed interior walls and surfaces:
View as you enter the front door - Before

New View from the Front Door!
Here is the new view as you come through the front door.  As you look straight ahead, you're looking at the Kitchen and Family Room.  And the stud wall that you see will eventually be removed, but at the moment it's holding up the ceiling!

View towards Living Area - Before

View towards living area after flue removal

  The view towards the bedroom & bath - Before

View towards bedroom & bath - After
We're thrilled with how open and spacious the house feels....even in its current messy state.  Next up - we'll be putting on the 2nd story and new roof system.  Stay tuned!!!  And if you want to see more pictures, check out our Facebook page.

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  1. You guys are beasts! Good workers.

  2. We had our roof replaced about a year and a half ago when we found out that it was underbuilt and was warped really bad. It's crazy how fast they can put a roof back together! It was weird to see our house with the entire roof taken off, but it looks so good in the end!


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