Wednesday, October 18, 2006

And so it begins....

This last week saw us receiving the financing for our kitchen, ordering the cabinets, tearing out carpet, and starting demo...

I have to say, as much as I enjoy the whole renovation process and most of the work is usually at least INTERESTING if not fun... our demo process was none of the above. Have you ever breathed 60-year-old insulation dust? Ripped out a huge piece of drywall, tripped over the one on the floor, and ended up crashing to the floor? Slammed your sledge into the drywall and have it hit a hidden double stud, bounce off the wall, and send the few tiny chips of drywall it dislodged straight into your eyes? All of those incidents happened to us in our first major day of demo. The good side? Since Friday afternoon (and with taking Friday evening and all day Sabbath off...) we have accomplished the following:

Ripped up carpet and pad
Pulled out carpet tacks, staples, and tack strips
Pulled off the crown and baseboard molding
Ripped out two sections of rotten subflooring
Removed the drywall from 3 walls
Pulled down 2.45 cabinets (the only ones we had)
Pulled drywall off an existing soffit
Removed the soffit framing and insulation
Pulled up 2 layers of linoleum
Scraped up about half of the final layer of linoleum (original to the house)
Made 3 runs to Home Depot and 2 to Lowes

Not too shabby, eh?


Xboyd said...

And where were the eye protector goggles and breathing masks? I think you need another trip to Lowe's and/or Home Depot! KEEP SAFE, guys! I don't want any asbestos related pneumonia or eye surgery to happen to you! Remember SAFETY FIRST!

MrsPooley said...

I can't believe I'm saying this but...
I agree with Mom. :)
You MUST invest in some masks. And I KNOW ... I'm been there. Just keep thinking about how it will look when it's DONE.. it's the only thing to keep you going when you're facing bare dirt through floor joists, studs and bent nails. YOU CAN DO IT!

Queenie said...

Ugh, how can you SLEEP with such chaos?
I'd go nuts. If it can't be done in one day, I'd go bugfnark crazy.
BUT! Good job on the tearing of things, and I'm sure you're being safe. Totally safe. Like, OCD Safe.

Xboyd said...

Yes, keep OCD safe. I want you around for a L_O_N_G time!