Friday, June 17, 2011

Kitchen Demo Begins

I can't wait until I can show you pictures of things other than destruction. But for now, destruction is what we get! Goodbye oven, microwave, cabinets and countertops. Half of the kitchen is now gone. It was pretty exciting.

Don't you love the patchwork sheet rock? What were these people thinking?

I know what it looks like, I stand around taking pictures while he does all the work.
I am not denying that this is often the case.

Yay for the Foundation Crew!!!

The foundation crew (ACE Pier and Beam Repair) was supposed to begin work next Monday, but they started today instead! We are so excited. I have a feeling that the ball is rolling and will be gaining speed very quickly. I hope we can keep up with it.

Fireplace Demolition

I should start by saying that I really liked the original fireplace and built-in units. However, they had to go. The weight of the fireplace was putting too much stress on the foundation. So, in order to fix the foundation, and fix it correctly, the entire structure needed to be removed. (Along with the master bath, which was another major weak spot in the foundation and has now been gutted completely.)

The fireplace was not functional, and hadn't been for a long time. It had been completely bricked in. We will eventually be rebuilding it into a working gas fireplace. After weighing the benefits of gas versus wood burning, we think gas will be cleaner, easier, and therefore used much more often. We will save the wood burning for an outdoor fire pit.

Who took out the fireplace, you ask? Nabil. Bricks, marble, thick concrete slabs and all. Not an easy task. Not your average man.

He will also be building new built-ins that will flank the fireplace. We haven't talked in depth about the design, but you'll see the final product at some point.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Bathroom Gut Job Continued

Nabil has been hard at work gutting the bathroom. What is left of it is now in the bedroom, or in the yard, waiting for the bulk trash pick up day. We may be turning the sink into a planter for the garden. But maybe not.

Below is where the sink used to be, through the hole in the wall you can see the entrance to the mud room.

This is a hole in the floor. Under the house, and running through the walls, are old cast iron pipes that are no longer in use, and live wires that don't serve any obvious purpose, except of course danger.

There was literally nothing supporting this bathroom from underneath, as you can tell by the significant slanting beam. There were joists that weren't nailed or screwed into anything, they were just there for show.

Oh, and the latest news...I got a tool belt. Isn't that handy? There aren't any tools in it, but I swear I was working.