Please Wait To Be Seated

July 28th, 2005 § Comments Off on Please Wait To Be Seated § permalink

I’ve inherited another dining room table.

It’s even bigger than the last.

My dining room is starting to look like a restaurant.

The End Of GSKD5

July 23rd, 2005 § Comments Off on The End Of GSKD5 § permalink

I officially declare the demolition complete.

The dumpster is full and the yard is clean (mostly).


My Back Door, Lookin’ Out

July 22nd, 2005 § Comments Off on My Back Door, Lookin’ Out § permalink

I forgot to take pictures of GSKD5 yesterday so this post is going to cover two days.

The second dumpster arrived on Thursday – 20 cubic yards, for a total of 40 cubic yards. I think it’s going to be close as to whether or not all the debris will fit. We’ll see.

One of my goals for this summer was to be able to walk out of the back door of my house, onto my deck, and cook supper on my barbeque. I’m so close I can taste the t-bone steak.

As the title of this post says, here’s a picture from my back door looking out.

There hasn’t been any major demolition, just cleaning up of debris from the past few weeks.

Everyone has gone to their grandparents house and seen a sampler, or plaque or some type of thinga-ma-jig saying “Home is where the heart is” or “If I knew how much fun grandkids were, I would have had them first.” or “If you sprinkle when you tinkle, be a sweetie, wipe the seatie.”

I’m going to make one for my house:

“You never know what’s underneath”

I figure that if I see this everyday as I walk through the kitchen, maybe in ten or fifteen years it will sink in. Apparently I’m thick. My first experience was with stripping paint in the front hall, then, by the time I started the bathroom I had to learn it again, and again most recently with GSKD5.

The first floor decking was not what it seemed. On top of the original first floor decking there was anoter layer of joists with tongue and groove floor boards. And on top of that layer was another layer of the same. I spent most of the morning stripping flooring down to the original floor that you can see in the above picture.

In the first picture, near the bottom, you can see the two additional floors if you look closely. Incidentally, the middle layer was painted bright, flourescent, retina-scarring yellow.

As if the flooring fiasco wasn’t enough, when I went to remove the floor where the gas stove used to be I got another surprise. I’ll list the layers for you, starting from the top:

parquet flooring
1/16″ steel
1/2″ plywood
terra-cotta tile
2″ of mortar bed (read: solid cement with steel mesh in the middle)

Needless to say there were a few hours of back-breaking labour to get it out. Maybe one day I’ll learn.

Changing subjects…

The deck thing in the backyard is being cleaned up, all that’s left is to remove the posts and level it.

I’ve been stock-piling all the lumber I’ve salaged from the demolition at the back of the property. Everything under the tarp needs to be de-nailed.

I think there will be snow swirling around my ankles by the time I finsh the pile.

Woody need nappy. Peace out.

Exchange, Please!

July 21st, 2005 § Comments Off on Exchange, Please! § permalink

I did a post a while ago about how renovations are all about trading one problem for another, hopefully smaller, problem.

Here’s an example.

Old problem fixed: Ugly summer kitchen removed.

New problem acquired: Here’s what happens to the door to the (old) summer kitchen when it rains.

And The Walls Came Tumbling Down

July 21st, 2005 § Comments Off on And The Walls Came Tumbling Down § permalink

Day 3 (Saturday) of GSKD5 was when things really started to happen.

Here’s a picture of my crew.

From left to right: Dad (bent over), Jim (my neighbour), and Chad (giving the ladies something to look at).

The area was in the clutches of a killer heat wave (dramatic eh?) and I think Saturday was the worst day yet. The actual temperature was in the 30’s and the humidex was in the 50’s. I appreciate everyone’s hard work.

With 4 people working on the demolition, the work went very fast and we wrapped up around 4pm. The dumpster was full and we could do no more.

I took a picture at lunch and another one at the end of the day to show the progress:

I’m The King Of The World!

July 21st, 2005 § Comments Off on I’m The King Of The World! § permalink

On the second day of GSKD5 Dad and I concentrated on getting the second floor down and filling up the dumpster.

There’s a pretty good view of the neighbourhood from my new second floor deck. I’ll miss it.

Sledgehammers and Clear Skies

July 14th, 2005 § Comments Off on Sledgehammers and Clear Skies § permalink

The Great Summer Kitcher Demolition of ’05 (GSKD5) got a good kick-off.

I’ll sumarize in two words: “Roof Gone”

The weather turned cold (relatively speaking) so Dad and I took advantage of it and decided to get rid of the roof. Our first task was to remove the dormer. Easier said than done. After about an hour of grunting, heaving, sputtering, and cursing (lots of great noises) we got the dormer off and we were clear to start on the main roof.

My dad was the roof-monkey. We removed some roof boards to form a kind of ladder that my dad could use to move around on. His job was to remove the shingles and the flashing. My job was to swing Mr. Sledge and remove the roof boards.

Somewhere under the debris I have misplaced Baby Sledge. If anyone sees him please let me know. I’m getting lonely for him.

The dumpster (20 yard) came today. Got some good ruts in the lawn from the truck but you have to break some eggs to make an omelette (It seems The Woody Housing Project is going philosophical).

I suspect I’ll need another dumpster by the time this is all over but we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it (again!).

Woody signing off.

The First Official Day of Demolition

July 14th, 2005 § Comments Off on The First Official Day of Demolition § permalink

There has been lots of preparatory work on the Great Summer Kitchen Demolition of ’05 (GSKD5) but today was the day I got the demolition permit. As such, today is the first day I’ve done any “demolition.”


July 14th, 2005 § Comments Off on Paint § permalink

This happened last week (I’ve lost track of which week this bathroom project is in) but i’ve just got around to posting a picture.

Christina picked a beautiful colour for the bathroom. In the picture above you can see the finish coat on the ceiling and crown moulding and the first coat of blue on the walls.

Tile Update

A couple of weeks ago I got two phone calls from Home Depot saying that the tile I had ordered was in. This made me happy because it was a month ahead of schedule.

I got the call on Thursday and my parents happened to be in Ottawa on the following Monday so they volunteered to swing by and pick up my order.

Sounds like life is good doesn’t it?

My parents went to the special order desk and asked to pick up the order only to be told that it wasn’t in and that they had no record of any calls to me telling me that the tile was in. Hmm.

This made me mad.

I had already resigned myself to the fact that I was going to have to wait six weeks for tile, but then to phone me after two weeks and telling me it was in, and then four days later telling me that they were just kidding, thats just… grrrrr!

Those of you who work with me will remember the day this all happened. I wasn’t very pleasant.

This bathroom is going to be the death of me.

The Woody De-Housing Project

July 12th, 2005 § Comments Off on The Woody De-Housing Project § permalink

The addition at the back of the house is coming down.

It was originally the summer kitchen but over the past 100 years it’s been renovated so many times that it’s almost unrecognizeable.

In anticipation of the upcoming demolition I’ve been stripping as much as I can on my own and salvaging some building materials.

For the record, here is a breakdown of the different layers that make up the wall, from the inside:

1/4″ plywood panelling
1/4″ plywood panelling
2″ styrofoam insulation
5/8″ insul-board (fibre board)
2×4 stud wall
5/4″ sheathing boards
5/4″ tongue and groove siding
3 layers of cardboard
vapor-paper (??)
tar paper
insul-brick (shingles for the walls)
1/4″ plywood
1″ styrofoam insulation
5/8″ insul-board
vinyl siding

The insulation in the 2×4 stud walls is saw dust. The stud cavities are packed solid with sawdust. The crawl space is full of sawdust. The insulation in the attic is a foot of sawdust.

Apparently sawdust was the insulation of choice around the turn of the previous century. Could you imagine if there was ever a fire? There would be no chance of putting it out.

On a more cheery note, the entire demolition site looks like a giant hamster cage… there’s a layer of sawdust everywhere.

As I was taking the walls apart I discovered old doors and windows that had been boarded up/covered over. The final result is that on the first floor there was orignally a door and a window on all three sides.

It’s taking me forever to strip this thing down. However, on the bright side, there is almost nothing holding the addition into the main house.

It’s a little hard to see in the picture but the framing of the addition has pulled away from the exterior brick of the main house by about 8 inches. At this point, the only thing I can see connecting the addition to the house is the flashing along the roof line.

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