Glenlochan -The Beginning

Glenlochan -The Beginning
Glenlochan - The Beginning

Glenlochan Today

Glenlochan Today
Glenlochan Today

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Philly Post: Kitchen Demolition

The Philly house is on the fast track for completion of the renovation and the downstairs is the last bastion of original shabby not chic (and not functional, etc).  First to go, the white early 80's kitchen.  It was way past time.  This was our fifth full kitchen gut job and it, like those before it, was a messy but necessary part of the process.  Plaster demo is always way worse than sheetrock, but we were prepared, braced, and ready.

All of the furniture downstairs was moved into a single room - currently known as our living room, kitchen, dining room and tv room all in one.  And, this is not a large room, so it's very cozy right now at our house!  It brings back a lot of memories of our first home together - a mobile home that we borrowed the funds from my parents to buy.

Here's the "before" pictures (hoping we can get to the "after" soon):

 We bought this fridge when we bought the house, so we are hoping it will have a place in the finished kitchen.

 Packing up the kitchen was the first order of business.

 Then the cabinets came out.
 A look at the lathes behind the plaster during removal.
 Safety first!
 Behind the black curtain at the back of the dining room is the single front room currently serving as our living room/dining room/kitchen during this project.
 Then, the real demo began in earnest.
 Interesting things were discovered under the plaster - like this channel in the brick shared wall that had been tunneled out for an outlet.
 The ceiling was cracking and failing, so that had to come down, too.
 Talk about a MESS.
 Here's the dining room after clean-up and with the ceiling and floor removed.

 The kitchen floor had three layers and at least a million staples and nails that had to be pulled.
 And, again, with no dumpster, the debris all had be bagged and loaded into a rental for transmittal to the disposal site.  Handling this heavy plaster was no picnic.
 With the worst over, we were able to "open the curtain".  It will be hung again for anything that produces a lot of dust.

The coveted "blank slate". 
Unbelievably, we accomplished the entire demo over a weekend.  We worked hard and long and it was hot (we couldn't run the air conditioners due to the dust).  The worst on this house is truly behind us!

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