Demolition of Interior First Floor

For the last couple of months, remodeling has been focused on the interior first floor demolition.  I am fortunate to have recruited a  neighbor to help with the labor – an enthusiast, smart, rock-solid,  6’4”, former Marine – who also happens to be interested in learning all the tricks of the trade(s) from me!   A neighborhood boy,  home for college summer break and eager to earn  money, helped with the clean-up work.

We started demolition in areas affected by the relocation of the new kitchen, new master bath and new powder room.   We soon decided that while we were stirring up dust and to make electrical work easier, we would go ahead and demo the ceiling in the living room and dining room.  Of course, this meant moving and sorting through furniture and knick-knacks (treasurers or junk) into storage bins and donation bins.  We were then eager to get the living room and dining room furniture back in place to provide a little bit of normalcy (even if the ceiling was down).

The ceiling was a challenge because it was actually two ceilings in one.  The first, original ceiling was plaster and lath.  Clearly it had seen better days!  The second was the result of remodeling on the cheap.  Previous owners had put 1×2″ battens on the original ceiling and then installed drywall over it.  It was an easy quick fix and looked great.  You can imagine however the pain when trying to put in new wiring and light fixtures!  It all had to come down.IMG_2943 IMG_2949

Before - Kitchen. View opposite kitchen window. This wall was removed.

Before – Kitchen. View opposite kitchen window. This wall was removed.

Before - Stove wall was removed. Door to master bedroom will be entrance to master bedroom. To right of new door will be new laundry room.

Before – Stove wall was removed. Door to master bedroom will be entrance to master bedroom. To right of new door will be new laundry room.

Before. This wall stays. New refrigerator goes in "hole". Desk area will be behind refrigerator with access from new kitchen.

Before. This wall stays. New refrigerator goes in “hole”. Desk area will be behind refrigerator with access from new kitchen.

Before. Kitchen window was removed and new french door put in.

Before. Kitchen window was removed and new french door put in.

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