Sunday, April 8, 2007

Another Demo weekend

Sorry I didn't post anything yesterday.. today was exactly the same though, so pretend you're reading it twice.

The mountain of rubble is gone, and the dumpster should be picked up tomorrow. I was able to find some air pockets with a big stick, so we filled it with more debris - which is a good thing because our truck is just about full to the top again!

We got everything out of the upstairs kitchen and all the cabinets out of the bathroom - the walls were drywall over the original redwood beadboard, and there was glued-on formica just about everywhere. The floors were a couple layers of linoleum laid on top of each other.

<-- You can see some of the lovely floors under the tub - which we're totally cleaning up and putting in the master bathroom! Hopefully I can clean it up/reglaze it myself so we don't have to figure out how to get it down the stairs and then back up again.

After everything we could pick up or sweep up was out, I climbed into the joist bays and pulled up all the nasty insulation - it looked just like the fluff in a hamster cage.. full of sawdust and poop and, weirdly enough, socks. The animals living in our house for the last 15 years had a pretty cush life..
Then I vacuumed.. for hours and hours.

And then Dan came through and sprayed the bleach/vinegar solution on everything. It smells pretty good up there now. Fresh air comes in through all the gaps in the walls, so hopefully the next time we walk in it'll still smell nice.

From what we can tell, the city came through and pulled the plaster ceiling off on the main floor and wired all the lighting (that also explains why there aren't any ceiling medallions in the house). Before they put the drywall up, they insulated between the upstairs floor and the new ceiling. It might seem like a shame to waste all that relatively new insulation, but after the nastiness I vacuumed up, I'm positive it was necessary.

Next weekend we have to get the last layer of linoleum scraped off the floor, and take everything to the dump. Then we can get back to cleaning the grime off the main living level. Hurray, more cleaning!


Kitt said...

Wow, that looks great!

valencia said...

I agree! Great work!

irene said...

it's funny how much it looks like it did before we started.. a little bigger and a whole lot cleaner, but not much different. It's a blank slate for us to get started on :)

Anonymous said...

Looks great, keep up the good work!