Friday, April 2nd
Kyle and I took some time off work to prep for the big event.
Our friend Dustin came over and we finished moving out furniture and pulled the “temporary” trim around the new windows.
A few finals shots of the kitchen, before its demise.
(The greenboard above the sink was a temporary patch job from when we removed the old window last summer.)
Before we could tear out the ceilings, we needed to get up in the attic and move all the loose fill insulation over to one side of the attic.
Kyle and Dustin quickly got to business…
…but were more than happy to be done.
On Friday evening we installed temporary collar ties in the attic. We didn’t anticipate any issues with removing the joists that span parallel to the ridge beam, but it couldn’t hurt to take a few precautionary measures.
One of the rare times I handed the camera to Kyle…
Saturday, April 3rd
We woke up bright and early and took care of a few last-minute items. Masks, gloves, glasses, crowbars…time to go! (We covered our dining room table with a sheet up plywood so we could continue to use it to store things on during construction.)
Since the dining room ceiling was just lath and plaster over the joists, we knew the easiest way to take it down would be to attack it from above. So Kyle and Dustin went back up into the attic and stomped it out.
One of the joists had the word “Carkeek” written on it. It’s a local name (i.e. Carkeek Park) but we’re curious if there was maybe a lumber yard with the same name a hundred years ago.
After lunch, we attacked the kitchen ceiling. Unfortunately, this area was lath and plaster over 3/4″ ship lap which meant we couldn’t stomp it out. We also need to remove the joists since this is the section that will be vaulted. So the architects of the group put their heads together and decided the best strategy would be to cut the ceiling out in sections from above…
Sunday, April 4th
After a good nine hours of sleep, we were up and it again. Kyle started by pulling all the old electrical from the panel.
We were also really pleased with our plastic zipper doors (bedroom on the left, bathroom on the right). We simply cut sheets of plastic, stapled them to the wall, covered the edges with tape and then applied the zipper (it has a sticky backing). After the zipper is on, you just unzip and cut the plastic behind.
Unfortunately, we didn’t get any action shots of the wheelbarrow process, but it worked out really well. We added another small ramp up to the dumpster (the doors in the back swing open) and were able to wheel all the debris straight in, dump and then head back into the house for a refill. And yes, we completely filled the dumpster!
So there you have it! We are completely exhausted but really happy with how everything went and the work that lies ahead. Our next step is to redo the framing around the stair to the basement (which Kyle started yesterday). So far, the strategy is to just take it day by day and not follow a schedule too closely. We realize that some days we’ll come home from work and plug away till 9 or 10 and other nights we’ll just want to relax. The ultimate completion date is mid-September.
So we have plenty of time, right?