Demolition Like a Freight Train

And on the fifth day the walls came down.

Last left you on closing day. Recall, we promptly removed every stitch of carpet. "Wow, you move fast" you said. "Don't encourage us" we reply. This post is the culmination of the five days since closing. A lot of pictures. A lot of progress. Our Indianapolis Mid-Century Modern Home is undergoing a transformation. Wild abandon laced with strategic planning fuels this machine.

Special note: Though not on
Angie's List, the In-Law Work Crew comes highly recommended. They dedicated the first of many Saturdays to the realization of our crazy dream. As a profiteer, I'm willing to hire them out to you on a contractual basis. Un-bonded and Uninsured - guaranteed.

Bad news first. Hit a snag. Back corner of guest bedroom has evidence of termites. By evidence I mean, saw termites scurrying away. Do termites scurry? Mine did. Issue appears to be well isolated to this particular corner. Regardless, entire house will be treated.

Budget check. Projected 10% overage in unexpected challenges. Termites constitutes unexpected challenges. Hopped on Angie's List. Found highly rated exterminator. Monday is termite inspection.

Don't want to point fingers. Can't resist. Finger is pointing. My dear flippers had to know about this. Had to. They chose to cover it with carpet. Glad problem was quickly discovered. It's rude to point.

Moving past this.

Below you is the front entryway with prominent post supporting exposed center beam.

Note this was at one point wider. Like it shorter but what if we open up the bottom section too?

Once finished this will be a unique shelf system - adding visual interest.

Realization; removing carpet, baseboards, and walls creates a mountain of debris.

Landrum Inc. helps with mountains of debris. Found them on Angie's List.

We announced our arrival to the neighborhood early on a Saturday morning with the serene sounds of large truck dropping 10yrd. metal dumpster on drive way. This was immediately followed by a well executed door-to-door "shaking hands and kissing babies" diplomacy initiative. Made friends.

The Landrum people were very friendly and extremely accommodating. Called on a Saturday morning, had the dumpster within two hours. Driver did a great job of negotiation a tricky driveway, leaving enough room for us to still get in and out.

Kitchen removal. These were not original cabinets. Yes, I'm sure. Removed cabinets are being salvaged for basement laundry room.

Wall separating kitchen and dining room. Pulled off drywall. Found wood paneling. Thought paneling might have been original. Considered leaving. Didn't. Was reaffirmed by finding a George Foreman Grill grease trap in the wall. Odd. Wall came down.

Newly opened spaces have liberating effects. Entire space becomes kitchen.

Note: Be sure to carefully remove all electrical wiring prior to removing a wall. Always shut off the main breaker before working on electrical.

At some point in home's history an addition was, well, added. During this addition poor judgment was made with how wall interacts with fireplace. Wall recessed stone by about five inches, unnecessarily. This being a former exterior wall raised questions of a load bearing nature. Poking around cautiously we proceeded.

Fireplace now takes the dominant role. Removed 14" of wall, opening the transition from dining room to living room. The left section of entryway houses electrical, which must be moved before more wall is removed. View of floor to ceiling windows from kitchen will be welcomed.

Note: Prior to removing any wall make sure it's not load bearing. If you're not sure consult an engineer or architect, or the In-Law Work Crew.

Fingers raw from manual labor wearily type this closing statement. I remain aware of the law stating taking things apart is easier than putting them back together. I eagerly await the challenge of reconstruction. New flooring has been ordered.




Anonymous said...

Dude, that is absolute craziness! I have a feeling that house isn't going to recognize itself by the end of the year. I can't wait to see it...

Anonymous said...

Dude, you remind me so, so much of when I had my first house and gutted it. Worked all day, then came home, put on jeans and worked 'till midnight. I still remember that first day when i took a crowbar to that first wall.

Some thoughts:

Termites don't "scurry" but the damage is clearly termites. Make sure your exterminator actually crawls down into the "crawl space"

You can usually tell load bearing walls by which way the roof trusses go. The primary load bearing walls are usually the walls that go perpindicular to them.

Electrical: when I was doing electrical in Chicago, these old geezers who ran a local hardware store and who were my own personal construction muses (you could just tell they had seen it all and done it all) gave me a thick pair of rubber gloves and told me I didn't have to turn off the electricity to work on it. Since I was doing so much of my work at night, I didn't have much choice.... So, be very careful, but electrical work is not rocket science either..

Now, you need to learn to sweat a joint ....(Calm down... I'm talking PLUMBING, dude!) LOL

You are doing a great job. Keep up the good work.


22q said...

You might review your housing inspection contract to see if there is any relief that you can seek as a result of the termites not being found before the closing of your, sure to be awesome, house.

Keep up the good work.