Friday, July 30, 2010

Interior Demo - The Back

At this point, the novelty of documenting the demolition has faded and I took far fewer pictures. But here you can see the view, from the back of the house, looking forward, after I had completed the demolition in the back of the house. Note the awesome layers of wallpaper that previously covered the bathroom wall.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Interior Demo - The Front

And the interior demolition begins! My initial thoughts on the interior demolition was to pull down everything and get to the original structure. The *FIRST* thing I did was to remove the terrible carpet, which revealed original doug fir floors. Pretty sweet. Then I started by removing the wall separating the tiny 70 sq ft bedroom and the front room. This is where I started to realize that things were going to be "interesting".

Here, I've removed the fireplace and have pulled the brick backing in front of the wall down. The wall was built in a hilarious fashion, meaning it didn't use traditional studs, but instead recycle pieces from an old dresser drawer. Also, they didn't even bother to pull up the old, orange / yellow / brown shag carpet, they just slapped down a board and nailed it in. At this point I realised *EVERYTHING* would need to be demolished and I would need to take it back to the framing.

Here is a rough stitch of the demolition as it progressed through the front room. This is a 180 degree panorama.

Here, you can see the front of the house has been completely pulled down. This is the same vantage point as the first picture above. The plastic is keeping the debris from getting into the rest of the house. I've found that it is easier to clean as you go, rather than make a HUGE mess and spend way too much time cleaning it up.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Detaching a Detached Garage from the Property

In the backyard, there is a detached garage / shed. It's quite old and I'm surprised it hasn't fallen down already. My initial plan is to rebuild the shed into a mother-in-law and live there while I complete the rest of the renovation. So I went down to DPD, and had a permit issued to rebuild the shed.

My plan of attack was simple, try to not be crushed if something falls down. Following this logic, I decided the best thing I could do was first get rid of the roof. This was a trial and error process. By trial and error, I mean burning up a circular saw before realizing that a reciprocating saw is a much better tool.

This is quite possibly one of the cooler things I found. The shed was actually built from random lumber sourced during WWII. As you can see from the date on this lumber, it was originally part of a shipping container used to send aircraft parts between Oakland and Portland. I've kept this and hopefully will preserve it in some way with the home.

One tragic thing, the entire shed was filled with poo. Small poo from small animals. I figured out later on what type of animal had been poo'ing there so much (see below).

As you can see, the construction is quite sturdy. I mean why waste wood cutting it to a dimensionally accurate shape? Just cut down a sapling and slap it in there!

Look! It is a former denizen of the shed. At first I could not figure out what this was, until I posted it on Facebook and a friend remarked that it was a Possum.

Finally, the shed is down and the backyard is open and ready for use!

Oh yeah, I bought a red wheel-barrow and received a red cart as a present. Both of them have been incredibly helpful!