Before we get into the demolition, I would like to point out that I have been an ardent preservationist for my entire life (starting at age 5 when I retrieved from the trash barrel original hardware and lighting fixtures which my father had just discarded from our 1927 Dutch Colonial Revival).  So what you are about to see is quite a departure from the way I have traditionally done things.



the house was never actually completed, and never constructed as originally conceived, 

the house has no significant historic associations,

the house is not architecturally significant,

the original construction was not of particularly good quality or craftsmanship,

and  the interior was termite-damaged and had moisture problems,


it only makes sense to start over and make the place visually more cohesive than it had been. My goal is to renovate rather than restore, and to hopefully end up with a house that will be as interesting as it will be functional. I felt only a tiny bit guilty in deciding to gut the place.  This time around the house will be made into a real split-level! So, having justified the heinous acts you are about to witness, let the demolition begin!!!


As you last remember, the combination Living / Dining area was a gloomy and non-descript.

As you last remember, the combination Living / Dining area was gloomy and non-descript.


First the doors were removed - then trim and paneling.

First the doors were removed – then trim, paneling and sheetrock.



Wall studs closely followed.



The iron beam breathes freely after shedding its shroud of wood paneling.



Then the ceiling came down – the sense of greater height was immediate.



Off to the landfill!


That was fun!  On our next visit, we’ll remove the icky, smelly, cellulose batts of insulation from the ceiling….









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