The Destruction Has Begun

Finally. After moving into our “new” house (built in 1927), the kitchen remodeling has begun. It was supposed to have started back in March, but there were a number of unexpected delays that kept us waiting (and frustrated). But work finally began on Monday, and since a picture is worth a thousand words, I’ll share the progress to date in photographs.

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The breakfast nook it all its 1970s pink splendor before the destruction began

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The breakfast nook after losing its wallpaper, chair rail, and trim. Honestly, it looks better nekkid. 🙂

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On Sunday, the white ceiling fan was still dominating the entire kitchen.

Today, not so much. Buh-bye, fan!

Today, not so much. Buh-bye, fan!

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This…

became this…

became this…

and is now this.

and is now this.

I had an outdated but still relatively functional kitchen on Sunday…

I had an outdated but still relatively functional kitchen on Sunday…

But on Monday, it looked a lot different.

But on Monday, it looked a lot different.

And today, the walls disappeared. Zowie!

And today, the walls disappeared. Zowie!

You never know what you will find when you open up the walls of an old house, especially one that had some remodeling done in the past.

I'm not an electrician, but even I know that this isn't up to code.

I’m not an electrician, but even I know that this isn’t up to code.

And when was it ever okay to run the wiring for the range hood through the cold air return?

And when was it ever okay to run the wiring for a range hood through  a heat run?  (Or is it a cold air return?)

Maybe the floor will come up tomorrow. Who knows what amazing things are hidden under the vinyl tile atop linoleum tile atop unfinished oak hardwood atop a 3-inch-wide-plank subfloor?

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4 thoughts on “The Destruction Has Begun

  1. Wow. Simply wow. Are you getting rid of some indoor-walls as well? Or do you “simply” put new electricity everywhere and then cover it all up again?

    And, most of all. Were do you sleep now?

    • Julia, the destruction is limited to the kitchen. The rest of the house is still intact, so the only difficulty we face is not having a functioning kitchen for the next several weeks.

      We’ve already had some new electrical added to other parts of the house, without having to take down any of the walls, but because of the amount of electrical we are doing to the kitchen–adding a lot of outlets and putting in recessed lighting and under cabinet lighting–it was best to take the walls down to the studs. Also, the wall with the stove was faced with faux brick, which is impossible to remove it without damaging the walls, so that’s another reason to remove the lathe and plaster.

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