Demolition started last week, and things got real real, real fast – in the best possible way (mostly)! On the first day, I sat at my desk on one side of the plastic sheeting and painted your pets. Every now and then, our general contractor would ask me my opinion on something, and with every brief interruption, he’d end up reminding me of a few questions we had, too; can we add an outlet here?, is it possible to install recessed lighting there?, is it okay that we’ve nixed the tile for hardwood?
Before the crew left for the day, he wanted to show me the progress, and as he swung open the bathroom door, it was felt as if we were entering a different world! Like, where’d the house go?! It was very, very exciting. Here’s the view looking into the bathroom:
Above, can you see where the plumbing for our washer and dryer are sticking up in the middle of the room? That used to be where the laundry wall was. Beneath the drywall of an almost 130-year-old house looks a lot different than the homes on television, right? Below, this is the view from the laundry room, looking back towards the bathroom door:
By the end of the week, the laundry hook-up was removed, and they began plumbing to the exterior wall. (See how we’ll be flip-flopping the laundry room right here.) Electrical outlets were moved into their new, proper places, and the floor joists were reinforced, too!
The original bathroom plans called for demolishing the shared wall between the bed and bath, so we could see what lied beneath. We knew that the wall was extra thick for the plumbing stack, but the hope was that we could squeeze a few more inches of width into the space. We found out both good and bad news:
- THE GOOD. The plumbing stack does not run the entire length of the bathroom! With a 70″-ish width on the room, we can snug up our 60″ bathtub and have a good 10″ or so to spare. We’ll use that space to create a nook for extra storage (and we’ve already got some ideas in mind on how to make that work).
- THE BAD. There’s no pushing back the plumbing stack in the front half of the bathroom, and it sticks into the space by a solid 6″…
- BUT! The stack is little more than 48″ wide, which is the exact width we need for the vanity area. What a happy coincidence, huh? We’ll work with this to create an on-purpose look (the best we can), so all’s not lost!
Moving into the laundry room, they’ve cleared space for our soon-to-be pocket door! Until a header is installed, they created a faux-wall in the bedroom for support:
Speaking of the bedroom, this unassuming room left us with the biggest surprise of the week. The chimney that we swore wasn’t being used for anything? It turns out that it’s being used for venting our first floor furnace and water heaters. (Insert all the grumbles here.) We’re working with the team to figure out options around this, but this has the potential to be a huge hurdle. Fingers crossed we can take this guy out – and salvage any whole bricks while we’re at it (they’d be great for gardening in the front or back yard at some point!).
But in adorable news, the guys found a few sweet items hidden in the walls! Is that pipe beautiful or is that pipe beautiful?
The teeny flag is made of metal, and you know I love imagining who hung this on their wall at some point! Could it date back to the imaginary family with all the dogs and chickens?
So much more progress has been made since the start of the week, and in the meantime, we’ve officially ordered wallpaper and finalized the top tile choice. That’s big, you guys! We’ve (er, I’ve?) only been agonizing over these things every day, all day.