House Addition/Renovation #7: Insulating and final demo (I think)

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Blog entry by Tooch posted 12-13-2018 01:16 AM 1469 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Framing/Enclosing the new kitchen Part 7 of House Addition/Renovation series Part 8: Hanging Drywall And Painting »

So after a few weeks the windows and new back door finally came in and we were able to get the big holes in our house filled in.

This meant we could get the mechanicals put in the walls and insulate around them. We had a minor setback of needing to get a mini split system put into our 2nd floor master suite, which set us back about $4k. Apparently our furnace was big enough to go upstairs but our ductwork was not. Here’s a view of the inside of the new bedroom.

Notice there are some holes in the insulation where the new ducting will go.

This will be the new bathroom. Right now it doesn’t look like much but give it some time.

We had a plumber come to rough in all of the fixtures, but apparently he couldn’t read very well. I marked the center line for the toilet and when I came home from work this is what I saw:

not even close. I could make an entire blog entry about how much I hated this sub-contracted plumber, but This will have to do for now.

Next we insulated what will be the new Kitchen.

Its nice to have friends like Jeff who work for beer. Notice our OSHA approved respirators and lids on the cups. Safety First!

After we got that taken care of, we needed to prep for the Final Demolition. This included moving everything we have into our 14’x18’ living room. If you look close you can see our Dining room table, couch, recliner, refrigerator, toaster oven, coffee pot, TV, and last but not least, a 4 ft Doll house that Santa brought.

And a zip wall will help keep the dust out. I know it looks like a scene from Dexter or Goodfellas, but i swear it worked pretty well.

Then, it started. First came removing the old window above the sink.

Then, the wall cabinets.

Then we busted through the exterior wall from the outside. There’s my good buddy Matt again. thanks for the help, Matt!

Then we just took turns swinging the sledge hammer and cleaning up.

I went into the new attic and busted through the ceiling from above, which made it go pretty quickly.

And just for the heck of it, lets rip that wall down too.

and that arched opening looks old and a little small, so lets cut that off too!

the view from the other side

Oh I almost forgot about the last wall by the new back door. This used to be our computer/mud room.

When it was all said and done, we had our new room fully exposed.

Wait a second, That old hardwood won’t match, so lets rip it up.

And that old plaster board texture will be too hard to match, so tear it down!

We left the sink and dishwasher in place so we could still have a “functioning” kitchen

But the stove got moved to its new location. First dinner in the new kitchen!

And what can I say about this poor guy. In case you can’t tell from this photo, the last few days have been very traumatic for him.

but eventually he got used to the new surroundings

Ok I think Thats all for now. I apologize that some of the pictures may be a little out of order, so please don’t hate me for that.

Thanks for looking and following along!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#1 posted 12-13-2018 01:27 AM

That is really cool. I think the Plummer missed it a wee bit. Lol Looks like yall are making good progress. Great job buddy and look forward to next update. Thanks for sharing. Merry Christmas

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#2 posted 12-13-2018 01:31 AM

Might have to flush the plummer!

Nice to see everybody is still smiling!
An additional $4k USD, possibly well spent, better now than have to do it later.
No doubt you will be pleased to shut the lid on this one.

-- Regards Rob

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 12-13-2018 01:44 AM

Nice progress, Mike/ Good thing you wife is a good sport about all the changes and relocation of everything.

The plumber has some rework to do on his own time!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 12-13-2018 03:57 AM

Anytime I have had anything to do with contractors it has been a nightmare. Hope your project turns out reasonable eventually too.

I think there is a special place in hell for some of those jokers; that call themselves construction workers/specialists/ etc! If there is not one should be established; even background checks on the contractors etc are wothless as they just change the company names and pull the same sub-standard work and some out and out theft too!

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#5 posted 12-13-2018 06:43 AM

Hey Bearing wall are usually overrated anyways? :)
Our current house they roughed in the bathroom in the basement, but toilet was 1” from wall, just a little cement to remove.
I used to love Demo and Renos, not so much anymore. Have fun while you are young and have the energy and ambition.

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#6 posted 12-13-2018 02:27 PM

ahhh the fun of the temporary kitchen in the middle of chaos,nothing like construction dust in your casserole-lol.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#7 posted 12-13-2018 02:57 PM

Wow! This sure brings back memories of our old house. Things would be so chaotic at times we wanted to go rent a motel room. As Andre said above, we did a lot of remodeling in our early days. Now I would just live with it.
Keep it up, soon it will be a palace.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#8 posted 12-13-2018 05:38 PM

Tooch, remodel is very tedious. Now for the fun part…building new stuff and working inside where it is warm. Your wife should be put up for sainthood for loving you through this process.

DIY projects are what many teacher are all about. I spent 20 years building our home and my shop. A good deal of it was learn as you go. My most important lesson was that I didn’t have to know everything I was going to do. All I really needed to know was my general plan and what I was going to work on tomorrow.

-- Big Al in IN

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