You may be wondering…how all the construction work began and what was left of the house after the demolition?
First of all, we needed to strip everything down to the studs in order to preserve the original historic footprint of the home. We preserved framing and structural supports when the wood was in good condition. We removed everything from drywall to ceilings to sub-flooring.
You may remember that this hallway would be one of the largest changes within the floor plan.
We prepared to move the original bathroom into the hallway to enlarge the kitchen and serve as a guest bath.
Then, we would include a Master Bathroom within the remaining hallway space. Below you can see the new framing for the Master Bathroom and the Guest Bathroom is framed out directly behind it.
Below is a segment of the original spacious hallway that I shared pictures of last week. The original floor tiles pictured which were in not able to be reused.
Next, a small transitional space leads from the Master Bathroom to the Master Bedroom.
All other areas of the home needed equal reconstruction through demolition. Some were in a state of disrepair! As I am writing this, I am really appreciating the amount of work my contractor took on! In the front of the house the living room had been used as a bedroom and needed considerable demolition.
The crumbling chimney and fireplace in the living room was a major concern to our HVAC installer. We decided to remove it completely and leave open the option of installing a see-thru direct vent gas fireplace down the road.
Below you can see how the living room walls, chimney and closet have been completely removed and the new framing is in place. I chose to create 6′ wide doorways through to the kitchen on either side of the fireplace wall for an open concept look and feel.
The 2 upstairs bedrooms and the stairway leading to them were stripped down in a similar way.
Next Monday, I will show you where all this demolition leads! With the drywall in place, we can begin to visualize the overall look and design plan.
Have a great week!