Our entire basement ceiling was covered with 1/4″ plywood, which was the previous owner’s idea of finishing off the space enough to be able to rent out the space. We had to pull down all the plywood to be able to access the joist cavities for plumbing, electrical, etc. Here is a shot of the old plumbing. Any hopes that we had of reusing any of it were quickly downed. It was old cast iron that was about 3/4 full of rust and sediment. Even the drain lines for the tub and sink were corroded to the point they couldn’t … Continue reading Old plumbing
OK, now what? Answer: nothing, for a long, long time. About 19 months, to be exact. Continue reading Gutted upstairs
This was our large pile of lathe and trim wood after the demo. We were able to recycle all of the unpainted wood – it got turned into yard mulch. Continue reading Massive wood pile
The plaster ceiling has been pulled down, but the wainscotting is still in place. A few days later, we removed the wainscotting, which was made of … Continue reading No new life for old growth
While gutting the main room upstairs, we unearthed this very strange light fixture. It had 24 little bulbs arranged in a rectangle. It had been plastered … Continue reading Funky light fixture
This was one of the worst “surprises” along the way. Much of the crawlspace area had been sealed off and had been inaccessible since the house … Continue reading Beam rot!
Self-explanatory. Demo’ing of the room wasn’t too bad, but who’s going to move the cast iron tub? The answer is that it is going to sit … Continue reading Bathroom destruction begins!