When you last saw us, interior demo had just started. It was a mess. We were six inches deep in plaster pieces with dust everywhere, holes in the floor, dumpsters on all sides, and workers throwing debris out the windows about every 30 seconds. We basically stayed out for a few days, not only because it was a full-on construction zone (and probably not particularly safe to just be poking around), but also because it was stressful. Like, “oh-my-god-what-have-we-done-this-is-an-unholy-mess-it-can-never-come-back-from-this” stressful. But the crew worked astonishingly fast and well.
If I ever lost our vision during demolition week (and I admit…I did for a minute), it’s back and better than ever. With all the carpet and wallpaper gone, lopsided fixtures removed, rotted ceilings torn out, and crumbling plaster pulled away…we can really see the skeleton of this house. And, as we expected all along…
She’s got really good bones.
*Click on any photo to open a slideshow with a description of each image.
Existing kitchen, looking into the living/dining. One of the only surprises we came across is this wall…we thought it had to stay. Now we think it probably has to come down (or undergo major repair).
Existing bathroom, right off the kitchen.
Dining room, facing the south bay window.
Living room, facing the east bay window.
A first peek at the floors. Some parts look better than others. We’re still not sure what we will be able to save.
Living room door, looking into the front entry way.
Standing at the front door, looking down the hall into the downstairs bedroom.
Another look into the downstairs bedroom (doorway on the right) and into the dining room (doorway on the left)
Downstairs entry. Our plan for this space is to build in a bar under the stairs.
Probably one of my favorite features of this home: the staircase.
Looking up the stairs. Notice wall niche as the stairs curve.
Close-up of the wall niche.
This pic was taken from the bedroom right at the top of the stairs. With the plaster gone, you can see the really cool framing work that went into creating that wall niche.
Top curve of the stairs.
Top of the stairs, looking down at the front double doors.
Another favorite feature of this house – the big, full-of-light landing at the top of the stairs.
Upstairs ceiling. All the water damage is gone! And no more raccoons in the attic!
Existing bedroom at the top of the stairs. The plan is for this to become a bathroom & laundry.
Middle hall bedroom.
There are 3 hall bedrooms. This is taken from the bedroom at the top of the stairs, looking south through the middle bedroom and into bedroom 3.
Bedroom 3, looking back at the other two bedrooms.
Some interesting framing in the upstairs hallway. They were able to save a little plaster in the hallway.
Master bedroom. And a few kooky kids.