Day 4

Sun came up today with the temperature at -4° F. Schools were delayed until furnaces and diesel engines could warm up.

Apparently, we were the only indoor game in town, so we were lucky enough to reap the benefits. With the extreme temperatures, batteries freeze and outdoor work is next to impossible, so extra guys came to help out on our job.

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They made short work of the remainder of the ceiling over our makeshift kitchen.

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Snuck photos of the debris piles throughout the day.

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Toughest part of the day – finding the subfloor under all the tile.

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Cleanup phase

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End of day, demo complete.

18′ steel beam scheduled to arrive Monday!

Day 3

 

Demo continues.

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While it may not look like much has changed, all the flooring in the ex-kitchen and ex-dining area was removed. Lots of dust today!

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Found this random hole in the middle of the kitchen floor.

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All the openings to our usable living spaces have these plastic sheets over them, with zippers up the middle. You take a sheet of plastic, hold it in place with these self-expanding “zip poles”, stick on one of the self-sticking zippers, and cut the plastic down the middle. Pretty ingenious, actually.

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The entrance to the upstairs, indoor plumbing, and bed. If I didn’t feel like I was camping before, I definitely do now.

 

Day 2

Lots of dust created today, but definitely worthwhile. Before I left for work, there was one wall mostly removed, and lots of debris.IMG_2387_safe

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After work, all the walls (drywall) are down, and most of the mess removed. The space is huge! IMG_2391_safe

View from the front door.

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View from the pantry-to-be.

The only hiccup was the gas meter safety valve tripped. “Luckily” it was 15° F out, so the absence of heat was noticed, and rectified in short order.

Phew, Onward!

Day 1

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Airlock to the living space

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We added a new eat-in kitchen into our limited living space, complete with coffee, microwave, and storage for paper and plastic utensils. It’s a very cozy space with everything we need for the short term, but I’m vaguely reminded of our last camping trip. 

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Ugly counters and cabinets are gone!

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Builders found the original opening between the ex-dining area and ex-formal living room.

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The cabinets and drywall from the vintage kitchen.

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They run a clean job. This is the end of Day 1.

The project begins

After 14 glorious years of old formica and cheap cabinets, we decided to remodel the kitchen. We started with a designer.

And then the footprint expanded.

Well, it’s going to be three months of living in the last surviving room of our downstairs. Let’s see how this goes.