Wednesday, May 15, 2013

the walls came tumbling down

This is the Kitchen Before, looking at the cooking area from the eating area. The open door you can see is to the dining room, and just before it is a right turn to a hallway. (You can slightly see a closet door in there).  Next to the fridge is the microwave, then a pantry before that hallway.

And this is after the first day of construction (demolition), taken from further back, so the still-existing eating area shows as well. As you can tell, the table became our sole food prep surface. Soon the 2x4's separating the kitchen from the dining room came out. The wall creating a hallway between our stairwell and living room disappeared. (The one that contained the kitchen closet seen in the first picture.) A big-ole-beam went up into the ceiling.  The cabinets and appliances were all delivered the same day, so our cars are going to get used to living outside.

As Bug slipped himself between 2x4's one morning to enter the kitchen, I told him that we should get used to the new walls and walk around them to enter the kitchen. He came back with, "I can walk through walls!  Why shouldn't I?!"  And, to that, I had no answer.

The space began to solidify for us as we gained framing, and didn't change significantly more although the electricians busted holes everywhere they looked. The drywall made the biggest difference in our ability to see what we were getting. Here is the same view of the kitchen, looking into the dining room.

I wish I'd taken "before" pictures of the dining and living rooms. I knew we were enlarging the doors to them and between them, but the change is huge. The hallway is gone, giving the living room six more feet, toward the stairs.  It looks and feels much different.

Here is the view from dining to living room, before:

And now I can't get far enough away to photograph it. Suffice it to say, there is only a slight demarcation of wall and header between the rooms.

After the initial demolition, I thought we were basically through the dust stage, but I was corrected. Not only do I need to live through drywall, but the hardwoods will be sanded at some point too.  I bought more wine and chocolate.

They will patch the hardwoods where walls used to be, "feathering in" boards from areas they'll no longer be needed, such as under the cabinets. The floor guy (there's a new guy for everything) expressed concern that he wasn't going to have enough salvaged wood and that new boards can't ever match perfectly. I offered him the upstairs landing, done with the same wood.  So now our upstairs can be ripped up and dusty too! (ok, dustier.)


  1. Wine and chocolate, always good. And what an amazing house you will eventually have.

  2. I'm still envious, in spite of the dust! ;) Do you have any lath & plaster? That's what we have and I know it would be a HUGE mess! We'd probably get our ducts cleaned afterward. I'll check back with you in a year and see if it was all worthwhile. I'm betting it is.

    1. No plaster, just drywall everywhere. I suppose plaster is a new level of dust. I'm trying to relax and remember that I'll be glad (in a year!) but I'm finding it very stressful right now! (Come visit in a year.)