Ugly before Pretty – demo phase

Finally gettin’ back to the house project folks. As I mentioned in the post that introduced our renovation, the work started in July 2016 and has moved along steadily ever since. Some of you out there have actually seen the work in progress, but here is the initial demolition (“demo”) work.

Brother Mechanic has a saying that he applies to any project’s early phases: “It’s got to get ugly before it can get pretty”. The demo started with gutting our first floor which was our primary living space. This included our entrance way, three bedrooms, our only bathroom, our kitchen and our pantry. They took away all of our pretty painted walls and our hardwood floors and even our plaster ceilings, cracks and all. When we handed over the keys things looked like this:

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 3

Kitchen

Kitchen

 

 

 

 

 

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Pantry and Kitchen Door (note Bedroom 3)

Obviously this is not our entire house. The idea is to show that we had a “finished” living space. I use quotes because any homeowner will tell you that the work on your house is never actually done. Three days after handing over our house keys, the same spaces looked like this:

Former location of Bedroom 1

Former location of Bedroom 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former location of Bedroom 3

Former location of Bedroom 3

We stopped by the house the Saturday after demo started, unannounced, just to see the progress. As you can see, the work was fast, the change was dramatic. I have done demo on smaller projects at the house and made a mess of the space, even with a solid containment effort. So I was amazed at how tidy the house was, despite how extensive the demo. This pile left at one end of the house was that was left by the week’s demo. It was comforting seeing the work site, our house, straightened up before everyone left on Friday.

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Former Pantry

So the ground floor is just about gutted. A couple of items were discovered once the walls and floors were opened, and we expected that. No Architect or Contractor can tell you exactly whats behind your walls or under your floor. Some advice for any of you out there planning on a renovation: Expect the Contractor to find issues once the demo is completed, and don’t get bent at him/her for suggesting additional work. Anyway, now they can start focusing on the second floor and the removal of 75% of our current unfinished attic.

unfinished and under-utilized

unfinished and under-utilized

Ugly before pretty, that’s the way it has to go. Both the Architect and the Contractor warned that the space would be weird without walls and ceilings to delineate it. And it was. I was walking around thinking, “how did we fit our rooms in here, and how are we going to fit our planned rooms in here?” But rest assured, it will all go back, and even a bit more. So that’s demo. And now, the Cricket:

Hey there

Hey there

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