Demolition

A couple of months after we purchased the house, the demolition began. The reason that we purchased such a fixer-upper was because my grandpa was a builder and he is extremely knowledgable about renovation, building, and houses. My cousin, Andrew, is interested in building work and he was able to do an apprenticeship with my grandpa and learn from him. This arrangement is working great because Andrew is gaining knowledge and skills and my grandpa has some help.

In the first few of months, some trees were cut down, they took down all the basement walls, tore apart the upstairs, and started a new roof.

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Here is  a look at the back of the house after they cut down the trees and started getting ready to do the roof.

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The front of the house after the trees were trimmed and the shrubs removed. Notice the garbage shoot into the dumpster in the far right corner of the house below the window!

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Tree remains

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The tool base camp

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Here are the stairs to the basement after the tear down

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DSCN0042A big picture view of the basement after all the walls came down

DSCN0100The upstairs demolition got messy! This is my grandpa scraping the junk into the dumpster.

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A look at the dumpster

DSCN0060Here is my mom’s room with half her ceiling torn out

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Ceiling

DSCN0087Here is my room. Notice how my room (red) has been joined with the little blue room on the right. In the middle is the door to the storage room, which will be our storage. I am so happy about having such a huge room to store my stuff (mom’s too) and it is connected to my bedroom!!

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It got VERY dirty!! These pictures look a bit blurry because of all the dust flying around up there.

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Andrew, working hard!!!

DSCN0107They took up all the hardwood in the upper level to save and put back in the house

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Convenient 🙂

This process was so much fun to watch. The progress was very quick and it was so much fun to see the spaces opened up! It opened the doors to dream up how we wanted to put the house back together. Demolition Part 2 is coming up next!

New House

I mentioned in my Design Love post that my family is moving and we’re in the process of renovating our new house. When we purchased this house it was in very rough condition. The electricity was horrible and the plumbing was just as bad. There was mold in the basement and there were holes in the walls and ceilings. My grandfather is a wizard at building and renovating and he has been working very hard! He has virtually rebuilt the house from the bones up. I can’t wait until we are all finished!

Here are a few photos from the beginning before we started!

Here is the house!

Here is the house! (July 2012)

Kitchen

Kitchen

Bedroom (to the right)  and the main bathroom off the kitchen.

Bedroom (to the right) and the main bathroom off the kitchen.

A closer look at the main bathroom.

A closer look at the main bathroom.

Dining room

Dining room

The living room with a fireplace!

The living room with a fireplace!

Here is one of the main floor bedrooms.

Here is one of the main floor bedrooms.

Door of the Spiderman room

Door of the Spiderman room

Ceiling hole from a water leak.

Ceiling hole from a water leak.

Small bathroom in-between the main floor bedrooms.

Small bathroom in-between the main floor bedrooms.

Main floor brown bedroom.

Main floor brown bedroom.

Upstairs on the left and downstairs to the basement on the right.

Upstairs on the left and downstairs to the basement on the right.

Downstairs

Downstairs

This is the main room of the basement.

This is the main room of the basement.

Basement

Basement

Mold in the basement

Mold in the basement

My mom's room facing the door.

My mom’s room facing the door.

My mom's room facing in toward the window.

My mom’s room facing in toward the window.

Upstairs Bathroom

Tiny upstairs bathroom without a shower!

Upstairs storage room

Upstairs storage room

This is a  small area hat connects to the upstairs storage room.

This is a small area hat connects to the upstairs storage room.

Entrance to my room

Entrance to my room

The small area in my bedroom - door to the left.

The small area in my bedroom – door to the left.

The main area of my bedroom.

The main area of my bedroom.

My room facing my front window.

My room facing my front window.

As you can see, we started with some really wild colors and a lot of crazy! It is probably hard to get a good idea of the layout from the pictures, but it was a bit claustrophobic, especially the upstairs. We now have a completely different layout in the house and extra ceiling height in the upstairs. We have made a lot of progress since last July when these photos were taken – some landscaping, gutting, framing, and now a small addition.

Another house post coming soon! 🙂