Jan 31, 2011

In the beginning... pre-demolition!

The following pictures were taken before we started the demolition part of our project. This is to give everyone an idea of what we started with.

This was the living room facing the front door. The entire downstairs was grey tile that reminded us of the floors at an elementary school. There was a very interesting style zigzag railing on the staircase.

These were the front corner windows in the living room complete with flowered wall paper and metal blinds. Some windows in the house were stationary, some were operable. None of them appeared to be installed very well.

This is the giant fireplace in the center of the house. The fireplace opening is the living room and the back of the brick wall is in the kitchen. In the beginning Kevin really liked the fireplace and it played a big role in his buying decision! Now it has become some what of a frustration for both of us J We plan to install a gas insert in the fireplace and drywall at least a portion of all this brick.

This was the view down the short hallway from the living room. The master bedroom will be through the doorway on the right and the master bathroom (which used to be another bedroom) and the mudroom will be down the hall on the left.

This was the downstairs bathroom. It was covered in powder blue tile and the only full bath in the house (that’s an old cast iron tub!). It wasn’t fully functioning and has been completely demolished.

This was the staircase view from upstairs. The strange shelving matches the zigzag railing at the bottom of the stairs. There were two bedrooms and a half-bath up here. You may be wondering what that strange pattern on the wall is…

It’s not just wallpaper… its spaceman wallpaper! Astronauts, rockets, satellites and spaceships to be exact, NASA would be proud J We saved a piece of this historical wallpaper and plan to frame it as a reminder of the beginning of our project.

To the right of the staircase was the blue bedroom. It had linoleum floors and the alluring aroma of cat pee. Removing the floor and spraying the entire room with bleach helped tremendously!

Separating the two rooms upstairs was a small green colored half bath with wood paneling and an accordion folding door.

This was the second bedroom upstairs, painted red.  It was much larger (and cleaner) then the blue room. On the right you can see some of the exposed brick from the fireplace below.

This was what the carport looked like and what was left behind by the previous owners. It took a while to sort through and throw out all of this junk. Eventually we'd like to build an enclosed 2 car garage but for now the car port is just fine.

Shortly after these pictures were taken... demolition  began!

1 comment:

Kate said...

Super! I love it all! I knew it was a huge project but WOW what a huge project. Thanks so much for doing this blog! It's GREAT!