First a temporary wall was constructed sealing off the front half of the house from the back half. The majority of the renovations are taking place in the back half, and by walling it off we could continue to live in the house a bit longer. So it wasn't long before plaster walls were crumbling down.
I have to admit it was kind of exciting because I was curious to see what we might find. Everyday after the workers left I poked through the rubble.
|First the plaster wall was removed from the guest bedroom exposing the wood lathe from the wall on the opposite side. This would be become our guest bathroom.|
|Also exposed was the old knob and tube wiring that was used throughout most of the house. Contemporary building codes required that we upgrade the electricity throughout the entire house.|
|Something appeared to have created a nest under our bathtub, probably rats.|
|Beneath the vintage bathroom tile was plaster scored to look like tile.|
|My favorite surprise was this tiny ironing board found in the wall of the kitchen. It would have opened up in the back room which at one time had a washer and dryer in it.|
|Underneath the bathroom tile was this blue linoleum.|
|Snail shells inside the walls. Did they crawl there themselves or did a rodent feast on escargot?|
|Proof that our back room was an addition; the white tongue and groove overhang was the original back of the house. The addition will have similar tongue and groove overhangs.|
|The back room sans windows. My guess is that it was originally a Florida room.|
|Walls demoed, the floors exposed to the elements before they too ended up in the dumpster. The floor boards were in rough shape and could not be salvaged.|
|Layers of linoleum in the kitchen like sedimentary rock formations, each one holding a story of our home's history. It was difficult to determine what the original flooring looked like.|
City code also mandated that we demo much of our driveway. Our home was once used for a construction business, and my theory is that the business was responsible for much of the concrete that surrounded the house. While I was happy to see it go, I was not thrilled about the unforeseen expense. But I suppose that is all part of the ongoing process....