Demolition is DONE! *thud*

May 24, 2010

interior work, The Crazies

Our dumpster is absolutely overflowing. Overflowing is actually an understatement, lol. BUT THE DEMOLITION is DONE!!! How I have waited for this day! It took us six full days, working 6-8 hours every day. I am SO sore, lol! But I am thankful it’s done.

After we demolished the kitchen, we progressed into the Dining Room.

DR Ceiling Down

Ceiling Down DR

This room was more difficult because there are so many corners, so many windows and doorways. There are TEN openings in this room– four windows and SIX doorways. And that does not count the basement and garage entry doorway (I’m not gutting that section until next year). We broke no windows, although I did break a window sill. šŸ™ I have to repair that this week.

And to Lin, who left a comment that she misses the multi-colors of the old kitchen (I hope you were being sarcastic there!! LOL), well, the dining room was JUST as colorful.

The old dining room ceiling was a salmon pink. I don’t know when it was painted this color… I assume sometime before the 1980s, because the previous owners installed a drop ceiling sometime around then.

Its Pink

Wow. That’s quite… pink.

(The red walls are mine.)

The old color for the dining room walls were once a mustard yellow. Could it possibly have been salmon pink and mustard yellow in this room?!?!? Whoa.

As for Livvy, she is growing very, very impatient with us. She is sick and tired of being cooped upstairs, away from all the action. We are trying to get the place cleaned up before she is allowed downstairs. She insists that we hurry up, or she is coming down one way or another without our help.

Livvy By Joists

She's trying to squeeze through an old heater vent opening! Egads! It's a 10 foot drop. šŸ™ We covered the hole.

And this is a snapshot of our temporary kitchen, in the attached garage. It’s very cramped, but I think my daughter has made it rather cozy.

Temp Kitchen

So onward we go…. I’m so glad demolition is over. It’s horrible, nasty exhausting work. We’ve never spent so many days doing it. Six days is long enough. I think we are all very relieved the worst is over.

We didn’t find any buried treasure. šŸ™ But Hubs found two pennies dated 1946 and 1956, which is about when the heating system was installed (and installed poorly, I might add).

So this week, we clean out the residual plaster dust and cobwebs, throw junk in a second dumpster, and start the rebuilding process. Oh, and I also have to earn some more money to pay for all this stuff… so far, I have managed to pay cash for everything as I go along. I’m praying we do not incur debt for this project. I have no idea how I’m going to get my cabinets and countertops and flooring, but all in good (and God’s) time.

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6 Responses to “Demolition is DONE! *thud*”

  1. hideawayhill Says:

    That’s quite the work you have done in there! Hard, dirty, nasty….I admire you. I’m sure it will be wonderful when it’s all fixed up. I think your temporary kitchen is adorable….much nicer than lots of kitchens I’ve been in, in fact. But I have to say that among all of these pics, I just LOVE the picture of Livvy looking down at you. Priceless!

  2. Renee Says:

    Oh my, what a lot of work!! Congratulations on getting all that done! I love that picture of Livvy! šŸ™‚
    And what an amazing job on the temp kitchen! It’s beautiful!

  3. The Other Alice Says:

    OH MY GOODNESS IF I HAD SEEN THAT KITTY PEEPING THROUGH THE HOLE IN REAL LIFE I THINK I WOULD HAVE HAD CARDIAC ARREST!!!! (of all the things that had been falling from the ceiling that day… not my baby!!!!)

  4. Lin Says:

    Livvy just wants to see what all the ruckus is about. I used to let the kitties come out after the dust had settled and we swept up for the day. That way they weren’t so freaked out with everything happening outside the door. Just an idea–it might help her a bit.

  5. Janiss Says:

    LOL, leave it to Livvy to figure out a way out of her confinement! I get the feeling that this will not be the last time she finds a workaround.

    That WAS an amazing amount of hard work! Wow. Love the temp kitchen, though – your daughter did a great job making it cozy. But I’m sure you’ll be overjoyed when you have the (new, improved) real thing back!

  6. Marg Says:

    That is too cute, Livvy peeking through the hole. Glad you plugged the hole. It will be great when she can come down just for a little while. I am exhausted looking at your pictures of the demolition. But wow, you are going to have one super house when you get done.
    Don’t work too hard this week. Take a day off.