April 12, 2011

The Ugly Duckling Files-DEMO!

by Shelly

We got the keys over a week ago to the new dump house and that first weekend the hubs and I went straight to work on some pre-demo, demo before our contractor was to start the following Monday.  Friday-Sunday we ripped off the old wood paneling, tore up the nasty cat piss smelling carpet, padding and tack strip, removed baseboards, doors, fixtures (and anything else that could be removed really!) and proceeding to make an enormous mess!

{the family room sans 70s paneling and carpeting. at this point we had no CLUE what we were going to do with that fireplace.}

{i look seriously involved..which i guess i was! chipping old 60s tile off never felt so good!}

{the kiddo was OUT OF HER MIND bored! poor girl. but we are on a budget and a babysitter at $10 an hour was not in the cards.}

{the husband was beyond a trooper. he worked his tush off! for a guy with self proclaimed “soft hands”, he sure knows how to do some manual labor!}

Last week was a little crazy running around ordering tile, deciding on recessed lighting placement, meeting with other contractors to work on heating and air, order new windows and doors, and buy supplies for our main contractor who is doing most of the work.

I can’t wait to show you some of the weird and funny things we’ve run across so far.  Off to the house right now to meet with my kitchen cabinet builder!  Can’t wait to see the final drawings before he starts to make the cabinets in his shop! Exciting!

{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

the Blah Blah Blahger April 13, 2011 at 4:32 pm

My dream is to buy a major fixer and do this kind of work…and yes, I realize that makes me nutso. ; )


Melissa April 13, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Hi…this is my first time commenting on your blog and I just have to tell you what a completely small world it is we live in. A few months ago, I stumbled across your blog through som other desinger blogs. Then this morning, I found your blog again through Four Flights of Fancy. When your sight pulled up, I recognized the name but couldn’t place it. Then I read this demo post and it clicked…I am on of your insurance agents for your new home. Although I haven’t talked to you, I’ve talked to your husband a few times. What a small world. Can’t wait to see the progress on the house. I remember your husband telling me you were a designer and that you would be compelely gutting the place….how fun!


Shelly April 13, 2011 at 5:51 pm

That is crazy! Well I’m glad you stumbled onto my little site! The new house has been quite the challenge already for sure. The poor thing has been neglected for so long and it literally needs EVERYTHING! If we’ve even thought something could be saved we’ve been proven wrong this last week. Hope you will stop by again!


Melissa April 14, 2011 at 12:21 am

Most definitely! I can’t even imagine….I was telling your hubby the first time we talked about the house, I had looked at the same sort of original house in the nieghborhood and I walked away because I was sccccaaaaarrrrrrrrreeeeeddddd! He laughed at me and told me you were a designer…I told him he was a lucky guy! :) Can’t wait to see the progress!


Rhyan! April 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm

This is going to be an amazing transformation! You are so hard core, very impressed with your demo skills! When we buy a house in 30 years I’ll have to hire you and Reed to tear it apart :)


Shelly April 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm

Oh Rhyan…don’t worry, I’m sure you two will get a house sooner than 30 years! Remember Reed was 30 and I was 28, so you aren’t behind yet! Lol.


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