That old house #2: Out with the old and in with the new

Blog entry by BillyJ posted 09-02-2011 04:22 PM 4698 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I left off sharing my experience with a new surprise behind every wall. It continued through the entire demo. I finally got to the point where I wouldn’t be surprised by what I found (or didn’t find). Fortunately, most of the framing by the renovators who previously pounded a nail in the kitchen was good.

Here are some of the things that I have to work around – plumbing.

The stack going to the upstairs bathroom runs against the exterior wall – that happens to be framed with 2×4. When they plastered over it, of course you could see half of the vent stack protruding through the finished wall. Rather then tear down the wall, I’m going to build it out (a lot easier).

The second reoccurring issue is electrical. Several owners ago, the guy put in a green house and a kiln for his pottery. Somewhere along the next several owners, everything was cut out (but the lines remained). Unfortunately, I still need to rip out those old lines – and things like that still take time.

My client wanted to remain in the house during construction, yet not be too inconvenienced. Sure, no problem. I’ll just work around you, your two dogs, and 3-cats! I installed a laundry sink so she could do dishes, etc. In the long run, it works out well for me.

After everything was taken out, I started to remove the partitions separating the kitchen from the living room. She wants it as open as possible. Perhaps a bit overkill on my part, but I know you could drive a truck upstairs without fearing a collapse. First one wall,

...then the other

Now on to putting in the new window.

Until next time.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 09-02-2011 05:03 PM

Hey Billy that looks like my Kitchen a year or so back. Nice project looking forward to seeing the build and the out come.

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posted 09-02-2011 08:21 PM

Thanks Bob. I hope this turns out as nice as yours did.

What did you do about the rounded ceiling molding? Did you break down and go with the bendable?

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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posted 09-08-2011 11:33 AM

Nice article… Thanks for sharing.

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posted 11-23-2011 12:36 PM

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posted 11-23-2011 12:43 PM

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posted 12-22-2011 11:32 AM

I just couldn’t get used to having a full glass panel for people to see everything (nothing very exciting, but everything nonetheless) that we were up to! Besides people being able to look into our house, our dog was a wreck seeing everything that happened outside our house! Every car, bike, person got him wound up! So we replaced the old home decor with a new one and are much happier with cool gadgets!

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posted 01-25-2012 06:59 AM

“My client wanted to remain in the house during construction, yet not be too inconvenienced. Sure, no problem. I’ll just work around you, your two dogs, and 3-cats!”

Hilarious, man what a headache.

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posted 01-25-2012 09:58 PM

Two header is better than one sagging floor any day. Looks good. Just when you think you have seen it all you open up a new wall and WOW! LOL I have been there. I opened up a wall in my house one day and there was some wiring. 220V 20A circuit from an old ceiling heating grid. they just taped the wire ends off with no box and no wire nuts. Plastic tape. Fortunately I didn’t cut into this wiring when I was cutting the drywall out.
It will look good later though. I worked on a job a couple of years ago where they lived in the house. We hung plastic over the door and went on. They came in once in awhile to get the cold cuts out of the frig.

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posted 04-12-2012 03:35 PM

Wow that is a pretty big job you are taking on, have you considered using solar lighting when you have finished? It will save you a lot of money?

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