In a moment of genius we decided to enlist the help of two teenage boys to help us tear down the walls in the living room. There is nothing like the energy of two young men with hammers and the directive to demolish everything in the room! We did have to make clear the definition of demolish vs. destroy, as well as pointing out that electrical wires may be hiding and we would not a want to have to nick name anyone "Sparky".
My girls, who rocked the demo of the kitchen, were more than happy to hand the hammers over to others.
Three years ago.
Doorways were layered in plastic and tape to minimize the filtration of ancient plaster dust into the rest of the house. Within a very short period of time the walls were down. Just as we had suspected- there was NO insulation with the exception of some blown in stuff on the front of the house that had settled and was now only providing insulation to the first 3 feet of wall space up from the floor.
In the destruction a newspaper was found in one of the walls, kinda hanging down from the ceiling. In a previous project we had found paper in a room upstairs under the linoleum. It was acting as a sound barrier, I guess and maybe this one had just shifted or slipped. Newspaper was often used as insulation but since we only found one paper we assume that was not the intent here. The paper was the Boston Globe from 1914. As I tried to open to see some of the stories it was disintegrating in my hand. In 1914 Woodrow Wilson was president and it was the year JFK's mom and dad got married-just for some perspective.
They found an inactive bee hive. I found it beautiful and amazing. The work those little bugs do!
And like the busy bees, the boys worked hard. Mister supervised and took care of things that needed a more delicate approach. They got everything cleaned up and in the process of clean-up an 1861 Indian Head penny laid in the dust and dirt! I washed it off and did a little internet investigation. The coin is in very good condition. The image is not rubbed at all and the edges are nice and crisp. Turns out this particular coin was minted the first year of the Civil War and was made from a combination of metals that were only used for the 4 year Civil War period. That sounds like money to me! More research on the internet revealed that it was not worth as much as I had hoped. I did contact a coin collector and they confirmed the internet's information. So, it's not going to end up paying for the work but it is a cool piece of history that someone tucked into one of our walls. Maybe it was lost-in 1861 a penny was worth something.
Front porch support coming through living room wall.
Timber framing? Not sure that is the correct term for this type of construction.
Mister added a stud to the corners to handled the sheet rock. I had to leave a little note for someday... someday when we are no longer here and someone else decides to do something else to this home maybe they will see the love note.
And this is new header over the door way to what will be the dining room (once again).
We swept and mopped the floors, again. Dust takes a while to settle.
Wednesday, Mister and I worked to get the sheet rock up. It was a hard, long three days. Mister had Monday off for the holiday and Tuesday and Wednesday were days he took off. It amazes me how hard this man works and how he knows how to do so many things. I've said it before and I will say it again; don't marry a man who is not a hard worker.
Now, while we are waiting for coats of joint compound to dry I get to start thinking about wall colors and arrangements, furniture and lighting... For now there is an airiness about the room with nothing on the walls, we did move most of the furniture back in because we are living in our remodel project. Oh, the possibilities! When all is said and done I hope I can rock the design as good as Mister and helpers rocked the demo and rebuild!
Thanks for stopping by~ Jolena
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