Demo, framing and finding treasures
After months of waiting, we finally got the go ahead to start demo (woo hoo!!) The wallpaper came down first... that was quite the job. Have ya'll ever removed wallpaper? It is super tedious.
Upstairs, the current bathroom is staying but needs a face lift.
Baseboards came off to give the electrician access to the wiring inside the plaster walls.
The kitchen needed the most demolition work. They gutted the current space and then removed a wall to make the room larger and more functional for cooking/entertaining. The ceiling needed some alterations as well. Part of the room was 8 foot tall and the other half nine foot.
After taking up the linoleum in the kitchen, the contractors found 5 different layers of subflooring (added over the years) masking the real problem- rotten and cut floor joists. The decision was made to redo the entire kitchen flooring. This tacked on a few extra weeks and dollars to the project but was obviously the right thing to do!
We are keeping this charming window to blend the old with the new...
The white markings on the wood tell the story of the original plaster used years ago in the kitchen.
Behind one wall, we caught a glimpse of the original exterior wall of the home. You can still see the pale yellow paint color!
The room behind what is now our master (not sure what this was used for?) is becoming our master bathroom and closet area. My current closet is tiny, so I'm excited to see this evolve!
The arches (added in the 80's according to one local historian) are being eliminated to create a larger space for the girls' bedroom upstairs.
A jack-n-jill bedroom is framed so that 3 of our girls can share a bathroom
Another arch gone and closing off a wall between brother & sister rooms
Carpet comes up, revealing beautiful hardwoods! A little bit of TLC and they will be gorgeous.
The biggest treasure (in my opinion) is this wainscoting that has been covered by 1980's particle board (WHY??) for years. The woodwork is exquisite and I am beyond excited to expose this beautiful accent; after I prove my case to the state of SC why it should be painted to match the trim (rather than keeping it wood color).
Back downstairs, we took out the stage and added a wall to the room to create a main floor master
Underneath the house looks pretty good, in fact we are trying to figure out a way to use this space for extra storage! Until next time...