They quickly filled a dumpster the first day, as we opened up walls, pulled out old carpet, underlayment, plaster, etc.
|View from foyer to kitchen - before|
And wow, what a difference it made! Look at the change as we start to open the wall between the foyer and the kitchen.
|View from foyer to kitchen - wall elimination in progress|
And without those dark cabinets, the giant black refrigerator and the sight-line blocking top cabinets, the kitchen seems HUGE!
|This wall will come out, once we put in a new support beam|
|Kitchen during demo|
We also started pulling out the wall between the Jack 'n Jill closet.
And the most exciting change? Tearing out the ceiling in the master bedroom - in preparation for the cathedral ceiling in there. What a change!! The room seems enormous now and yet the footprint hasn't changed at all.
|Master bedroom with raised ceiling|
But we did find something interesting in there. What kind of nest do you think this is? Squirrel? It's too big for most birds! I wasn't brave enough to stick my hand in there, but Brian checked it out. Empty!
And as we wrapped up demo, we've found a few surprises - including a structural issue that needs to be resolved in the kitchen (at least it solved the mystery of the sloping floor. And with a little work, we can fix that for good). We also found some active knob and tube wiring, that will need to be eliminated. But in general, this is a good, solid house - just waiting for updates!
We're still nailing down the floor plan. As we work through the details, we're making lots of tweaks. But more about that later. Stay tuned!!!