Tuesday, June 04, 2013

The Farm House Remodel - Day 1

Monday, May 20, 2013

We had spent the weekend clearing out the front of the house - moving furniture back to our master suite, packing boxes of stuff to be stored in the garage, removing doors and wood trim that might be salvageable for later use.  By Sunday night we were as ready as we could be (and worn out!)  There were a couple big pieces of furniture left - a sofa and a dresser - but we figured the crew could work around them until we got them moved later in the week.

Here's the view from the outside at the end of Day #1.  I'll take a picture from the same spot every day.  From the outside, there's not much visible difference.  Everything happened indoors today.

The crew arrived at 10:30am on Monday morning.  This was later than we anticipated - we would have figured on 7am - so we'll have to understand their schedule and approach. This week and next are designated on the schedule as "demo" - as in "demolition" - so we expected sledge hammers to be flying.  They were, and the crew made short work of the interior of the house.

Everyone we've talked to about remodeling had war stories to tell about things they discovered once they started tearing out the old parts of their house.  Our experience was no different.  We had a couple of surprises in our first day.

Day 1 - No kitchen left!

Surprise #1 - The crew discovered that the original part of the house extended further back than we had thought.  In the photo above you can see an old window that was uncovered as the sheetrock was removed.  So the kitchen section probably dates to the 1930's, not the 1980's.  This may or may not prove to be a problem later.  

Day 1 - Kitchen and Dining Room are gone!
I don't have a good "before" picture of the rooms shown in the photos.  Trust me, though, they were not remarkable.

Surprise #2 - Within the first hour, another problem surfaced.  One crew member had started pulling up the floor in the current laundry room.  This is part of the middle of the house that will be gutted and reconfigured, so we were anticipating that there was a good foundation underneath.  The crew member reported that he found four different layers of floor in the laundry room - tile, linoleum, etc. - and that underneath all those layers the wood was rotten.

They stopped work in this room - not sure why, but we'll come back to it later.  I'm sure there are more surprises ahead.

Overall, we were impressed by the amount of progress made on this first day.  We're off to a good start!

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