We had struck an agreement with our contractor Joe, to reuse the original antique beams that were in the house. This meant they couldn't come in and bulldoze the house down - they needed to take it apart carefully. And somehow, that seemed to give it more respect.
|Down to the studs|
|So weird to see the sunlight streaming down the old staircase|
It was still hard to see it come down. Lots of neighbors came to take pictures. And we just felt guilty, because we couldn't save the house.
It was a sad, sad day.
We had hoped to discover something exciting during the demo. But other than an old can of tobacco and a couple of broken bottles, there wasn't much to be found. But we did get a surprise. We had thought the foundation under the kitchen addition was a good one - but one of our contractors leaned against it and it came tumbling down!! So now we have more foundation work than we expected!