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We spent all last week demolishing most of the main floor of our new home, boy are we tired! It has been about twelve years since we did a major remodel like this and oh my gosh is it a lot harder this time around!
New home demolition continues
Builder Bob does the hard physical part and I do most of the hauling to the truck. I have averaged between 17,000 to 22,000 steps a day.
Opening up the Kitchen
Here is what the kitchen looked like before we opened it up. The stove was in the middle of the room and that had to go.
There was a curio cabinet and an extra counter that we didn’t want. We figured it would take no time at all to remove these….boy were we wrong! Everything was built in place and nailed and nailed and nailed or screwed.
It took the better part of one day just to remove the curio cabinet! You can see in this photo that it still wasn’t all gone.
The next thing to remove was the counter. That should be easy right? Nope, it was built in place also and the cabinets were actually hand made; that took most of another day. Thank goodness Builder Bob has lots of patience…and muscle! You can already see what a difference this makes.
Remove the stove
Removing the stove and cabinets wasn’t quite as hard to remove (says the person not doing the work). What do you think? I love how open it is! There were heat vents under the cabinet we removed so right now there are holes in the floor that we have to keep covered with tools.
Our original plan was to move the entire kitchen to the front of the house and add my quilt studio to the back with a door somewhere close to where the kitchen window is.
We had been working on the kitchen for three days by this point and honestly, the idea of moving all of the kitchen cabinets sounded exhausting! I was looking at the kitchen at this point and decided I really liked it and maybe I don’t need a quilt studio added on. Are you shocked??
There are two bedrooms upstairs that I can use; the steps are a killer right now but maybe they won’t be so bad when I’m not going up and down them twenty times a day.
For right now we’ll go with this plan. Maybe I’ll end up with a She Shed out back later on.
This is a view of what was the living room and will now be our bedroom. There was a curio cabinet in here that Builder Bob removed and then cut out the wall where he will frame a door to our master bathroom and closet.
This will end up being our master bathroom and closet. There were two paneled closets in this room. Normally when you see these in an older home they aren’t put in that well and are very easy to remove……not in this house! This was another whole day job.
Both doors that are in here will be walled up.
The original bathroom will become a guest bathroom with just a stool and vanity. Removing the shower was much harder than we expected and we found out there is a concrete floor which will have to be removed. Ugh!
We also tore apart the laundry room. There was a door going into it that we removed and opened up the wall more. The wall that the vanity was on will be cabinets. One will be for my laundry room and the other will be a small pantry. The washer and dryer are now gone, we’ll buy new ones.
Sometimes we need to relax
Sometimes we just have to sit and relax for a few minutes with the dogs. I bought two 36″ exercise fencing playpens on Amazon so we could make a temporary fenced in area for the dogs. This works out great right now because we have been able to leave the front door open and they can go outside when they want.
I actually bought two more sets of the fencing and have them at our house on the river. I connected them to the bottom of our deck steps so they can get to the grass to potty when we are on the deck.
Many times it is too dangerous for them to be inside while we are working so we leave them out on the porch with access to outside; little Sadie doesn’t care for this!
We have made eight trips so far to the Transfer station! By time we have the back of the truck full we actually look forward to the drive as we get to sit and relax!
Time to put things back together
It is now time to start on the remodel which is the part Builder Bob likes. Right now we have our HVAC contractor removing and replacing some of the duct work, putting in new cold air returns and heat registers. Our plumbing contractor will cap off the old plumbing and hopefully be able to jack hammer out the concrete in the shower.
Next week Builder Bob will start framing. We have our Drywall contractor coming up on Tuesday to see what he needs to do and we are hoping he’ll be able to start on our house by the end of May.
Time to head down to my quilt studio and work on quilting my Island Batik baby quilt for this month!