We spent Thursday and Friday starting the demolition of the rooms on the main floor of our new home. I think Bob and I both forgot that it has been about 12 years since we did the last major remodel, and our bodies don’t seem to recover from the aches and pains as fast.
We are still really enjoying it with lots of laughter and giggles as you never know what you will find when you start pulling down walls and ceilings. We work well together!
Remember the living room?
This will end up being our master bedroom. Notice we brought the doggie beds for the kids. We thought removing the shadow box on the wall would be a piece of cake but we were wrong!
Poor little Mickey can’t figure out what is going on and where he actually lives but he is adjusting.
In my last post I showed photos of the room after I removed the carpet and the drop ceiling tiles. Bob the Builder asked me not to remove the grid work because he wanted to save it and use it in the garage.
What do you think of that fluorescent light? I also wondered what that piece of paneling was doing on the ceiling.
Bob the Builder Demolition Begins
Thursday morning the first thing Bob did was measure all of the rooms that had grid work to see if there was enough for the garage. He would end up being 200 square feet short so it was okay to just pull down the grid work and not try and save any of it.
That made our job a lot easier.
Next up we removed the paneling from the wall with the shadow box so he could figure out what was going on. Whoever built that shadow box planned on it staying there forever! Bob finally had to use a saw to remove it.
He was able to get it out in one piece and we carried it to the garage. Bob has plans to use it in his man cave.
It would be so neat to see old photos of this house when it was first built. Bob thinks this may have been the original kitchen as you can see the brick chimney and the hole where the pipe would have gone upstairs.
We removed another layer of ceiling tiles and finally got to the lath and plaster. Bob figures we will only have to remove sections of it so he can do the wiring. We were afraid we would have to do the whole thing and boy is that a messy job! Removing a couple of rows will be bad enough.
Remember that hole in the ceiling with the piece of paneling over it? Originally that was an opening so the heat could go up to the bedroom. There would have been a metal grid in the floor upstairs. My bedroom in the first farmhouse I lived in was heated this way. It was always cold. Look how much higher our ceiling will be!
I am standing in what was the downstairs bedroom looking at Builder Bob after we removed the shadow box. This will be our closet and master bathroom.
Bob the Builder
Are you wondering where Bob got the name “Bob the Builder”? About six years ago he was doing a remodel and someone stopped by with their little boy. The little boy was introduced to Bob and while watching Bob work he decided that this was Bob the Builder from the cartoon!
First night in the new house
Our daughter and the grandkids stopped by in the evening and we had our first meal in the new house. No cooking yet so it was carry-out pizza.
The first thing we had done when we got to the house on Thursday was set up the beds upstairs. I’m sure glad we did that right away because by eight o’clock we were so exhausted that we went to bed. I don’t think I have ever gone to bed that early! We slept like babies and I don’t think I moved at all. Even the dogs were tired after the drive and watching us do the demolition.
When we drove back home Friday we found the highway closed due to flooding which meant we had to do a detour. The river came up quite a bit. Ours is the last driveway without water in front of it. I took this photo early this morning.
We shouldn’t have to sandbag unless things change up north or we get a lot of rain. I’m hoping it will be okay so we can head back to the new house for some more demolition tomorrow!
There was a lot more that we worked on but I thought it would be fun to just share what we did so far in this room.
We ended up taking two loads to the Transfer Station and I had over 17,000 steps both days on my FitBit!