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!|
|View towards Living Area - Before|
|View towards living area after flue removal|
|View towards bedroom & bath - After|