Monday, March 29, 2010

And you thought YOUR house was messy!

(morning of day 1)

(afternoon of day 1)

(afternoon of day 2)

Ever wonder what hard labor feels like? It feels bad...and good. But I wouldn't want to do it every day. We spent the weekend at the new house doing demolition for the upcoming construction project. We have to rip out all of the dry wall, trim, wiring, flooring and cabinetry. Thankfully it's a small house, right at 1000 square feet. Small or not, it took both of us two solid 8 hour days to get as far as we did. And while we did a lot, I think we could easily use another full two weekends to get the demolition done. And since the quote from the contractor for just demolition was $10,000...that was money well saved. It takes no particular skill...just some serious effort. With two people, one sledge hammer, two wrecking bars (wall rippers as Laurel calls them), one drill, one hammer, one wonder bar, a shovel, a broom and a wheelbarrow we managed to pull 90% of the sheetrock and trim. We also pulled out some of the kitchen cabinetry (oy) and some of the floor. Here is some of the fun...

Here are some surprises...
(termite damage)

(this was the floor padding under the laminate flooring)

(it's a dead rat)

And here is what makes it worth it, spring on the "farm"...

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