Today was another productive day at my house. I met with two more contractors. Another foundation company, Everdry, and a roofer, Deer Park Roofing, regarding the box gutters. Not a great start to the day as both provided me with 5-digit estimates to address the problems. Not to be deterred I went back to my sweat equity work.
I totally understand why Chip Gaines loves Demo Day #demoday. There is something exhilarating in ripping down walls, but today I set out to my original goal of removing all the trim. I almost stayed on task. All trim is removed from the kitchen and dining room; none damaged, so can be reinstalled. I also managed to completely expose the brick in the kitchen. Less than an hour, so very glad I did it. It is going to look awesome once cleaned up and sealed. Hopefully the vent for the stove can utilize the hole that was filled with plaster.
I also managed to free up the built-in cabinet that was located on the wall to be removed for the open concept kitchen/dining room. I planneds to relocate it next to the kitchen door and that became a reality today. Amazingly only 6 nails held it in place and I only had to remove two studs from one side to gain access. The real struggle came when I realized that the 1/4″ sub-floor that was laid down for the linoleum flooring was stopping it from freeing up. Once I got that out the way I was able to move it relatively easily (by myself) and it is going to be fabulous once it’s all cleaned up. I can already picture my cookbooks sitting on the shelves. Saving that piece saves me 2′ of upper and lower cabinets, cha ching!
The true bright spot of the day was discovering the original pine floors were in great shape underneath the linoleum sub-floor. COST SAVINGS!!!!! I will have these restored and sealed vs. laying new flooring. I think the flooring area where the sink use to be will need to be replaced along with splicing in pieces to fill the radiator hole, but that will be cheaper than a whole new floor! Hopefully it will be in equally good shape in the hall way as the linoleum runs there also. Amazingly they put oak flooring in the living room and dining room, but pine everywhere else.