Starting to take shape

I’m only human. And I am almost totally sick of all the demo work we have to do on this house. AND this is only the original part of the house. Don’t get me started on the addition where drywall was put over plywood. Do you know how hard it is to get that stuff down?! Ugh.

BUT – things are starting to take shape. I can start to see how the old part of the house is going to layout as we start taking more apart.

So, this weekend we did not get a ton done at the house because there are other more high priority projects that needed to be completed before we made it over to Frankie. With that in mind, it doesn’t look like we made a lot of progress, but we maximized our time.

  1. Nick started to cut out the old plumbing. Good buy Cast Iron pipes filled with rust! I didn’t take a picture of the one pipe he cut out of the kitchen, but I have no idea how water got to where it needed to go.
  2. I pulled up the hardwood floor and sleepers of the parts of the house that will be donated to the bathroom- closet in one bedroom, 2 hall closets, and hallway.
  3. Nick’s mom pulled out nails from the hardwood floor that was pulled up.
  4. Nick’s dad helped to pull up some of the other floors that need to come up and the sleepers.

It was all about getting the floors up. Did I mention that I miss just dealing with carpet?


Wood Floor is up in hallway and closet being donated to the bathroom. Sleepers and tar paper is still down.


Closet and Hallway after removing Sleepers and tar paper.


Old Laundry Room after Floor and Sleepers removed. Still has Tar Paper.


Old Laundry room after Tar Paper is removed.


Kitchen after floor, sleepers, and tar paper removed.

As you can see in the last picture, the Den still has floor down, but in the upper left hand corner you can see the Sleepers from floor that has already been removed. Best part? After removing the plywood floors, we hammered out all the nails. It’s like whack-a-mole. We plan on reusing the plywood to cut down on waste and to make the total job that much cheaper. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle!

Wondering why we did not take up all the hardwood? The plan is to do radiant heat floors, but while I was sweating and hunched over (carefully) ripping out the hardwood in the hall and closets, I decided it was going to add WAY too much time to the project to rip out, put down the heating elements, and relay the floor. Luckily, Nick has some alternative ways to install radiant heat for the 3 rooms that we are not touching the floor. The rest of the house will all be radiant heat. Luckily the addition already has the pipes run, so that’s one less part to do! And who wants to rip up concrete? I certainly do NOT!

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