This post is for the birds!

Do you see the birds nest?

Do you see the birds nest?

There it is!

There it is!

Almost ended up getting this down my shirt!

Almost ended up getting this down my shirt!

And this is what the ceilings of the original cabin look like once all the drywall is down.

And this is what the ceilings of the original cabin look like once all the drywall is down.

 

 

 

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These walls have a secret…

No more toilet. Cue instant need to pee...

No more toilet. Cue instant need to pee…

This floor was damn near impossible to get to. My goodness. The plywood on top had glued on vinyl flooring that covered the screws so it involved prying things up to discover where the screws might be, scrape the vinyl up to find the screw head, remove screw. Repeat. About 100 times. :P

This floor was damn near impossible to get to. My goodness. The plywood on top had glued on vinyl flooring that covered the screws so it involved prying things up to discover where the screws might be, scraping the vinyl up to find the screw head, remove screw. Repeat. About 100 times. 😛 And then this layer of floor is just icky. And saggy. And soggy.

No more wall between the bathroom and the 'big' bedroom.

No more wall between the bathroom and the ‘big’ bedroom.

Another view. Net to go will be that other bathroom wall. The wall with a dark, dark secret...

Another view. Next to go will be that other bathroom wall. The wall with a dark, dark, evil secret…

Dun dun duuuuuuuh! When I first opened up this wall my first though was 'wow, this wall has been on fire' (the wood stove was right on the other side of this wall. But no. Thats not soot. Soot would be nice. Thats mould. Mould is NOT nice. SOOO glad I have a decent face mask!

Dun dun duuuuuuuh! When I first opened up this wall my first though was ‘wow, this wall has been on fire’ (the wood stove was right on the other side of this wall.) But no. Thats not soot. Soot would be nice. Thats mould. Mould is NOT nice. SOOO glad I have a decent face mask!

More 'pretty' mould. This is on the living room side of the wall, under the fake wood panelling and on top of the dry wall. The YELLOW dry wall...

More ‘pretty’ mould. This is on the living room side of the wall, under the fake wood panelling and on top of the dry wall. The YELLOW dry wall…

Walls 8 - The mold between the living room panelling and the drywall

Walls 9 - What pretty moldThe secret is revealed! Between the vintage carpet with the vintage dog smell embedded in it and the damp and mouldy bathroom, it’s no wonder at all that the house smelled OLD when this project began!

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Old bathrooms are gross…

So this is the pre-demolition bathroom. Sorry I didn't take other pictures of it.

So this is the pre-demolition bathroom. Sorry I didn’t take other pictures of it.

No more sink or mirror.

No more sink or mirror.

Bathroom 2 - No more sink counter

Fine cabinetry by Bits and Pieces building company…

No more cabinet frame either.

No more cabinet frame either. When in doubt, rip it out!

Bathroom 4 - No more sink counterAnd now it’s time to make the walls go away! Icky, icky walls. But it gets better! Mwahahahaha!

 

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How many layers…

… of wood would a wood chuck chuck (out of the house) if a wood chuck remodeled a house?
First board of the top layer of wood.

First board of the top layer of wood.  

Half the living room. Lucky for me, this layer of wood was added AFTER the walls. The original layer of wood is UNDER the walls so I guess I'll be taking out some walls soon too.

Half the living room. Lucky for me, this layer of wood was added AFTER the walls. The original layer of wood is UNDER the walls so I guess I’ll be taking out some walls soon too.

I LOVE having two different hammers for this project. One has a straighter claw and the other is much more curved. It gives me different leverage and they fit into tight spaces differently. And having two hammers lets me get one under each side of the board and work my way along it easily. The drill makes taking out the screws (LOTS of screws in some places) a lot faster then ripping the boards out would be. It's a bit of a hunt and find game and I've gotten quite good at telling the difference between a stubborn nail and a screw based on how the hammers feel! Woot!

I LOVE having two different hammers for this project. One has a straighter claw and the other is much more curved. It gives me different leverage and they fit into tight spaces differently. And having two hammers lets me get one under each side of the board and work my way along it easily. The drill makes taking out the screws (LOTS of screws in some places) a lot faster then ripping the boards out would be. It’s a bit of a hunt and find game and I’ve gotten quite good at telling the difference between a stubborn nail and a screw based on how the hammers feel! Woot!

Almost the entire living room is done. It's almost time to move the wood stove, the propane heat stove and get to work on the bedroom too.

Almost the entire living room is done. It’s almost time to move the wood stove, the propane heat stove and get to work on the bedroom too.

Floor removal 15 - Most of first layer of wood gone

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Poof! Doorway!

There was a wall... (It made one ok closet and one weird nook closet thing)

There was a wall… (It made one ok closet and one weird nook closet thing)

...and then there was no more wall. The doorway used to be the closet door. The closet FLOOR was, interestingly, the only part of the floor with any insulation...

…and then there was no more wall. The doorway used to be the closet door. The closet FLOOR was, interestingly, the only part of the floor with any insulation…

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Let the hammers hit the floor!

Here is the starting point. It isn't horrible but I certainly have dreams for this house that don't include circa 1970s carpet so...

Here is the starting point. It isn’t horrible but I certainly have dreams for this house that don’t include circa 1970s carpet so…

Underneath the tasteful 1970s carpet (which smells like 40 years of dog by the way) is some fully disintegrated carpet padding. Well some of the edges where there wasn't any traffic are still kinda foam rubber like but mostly it just super fine black rubber dust. Except where people walked a lot. Those areas have a lot of good old fashioned dirt dust instead. No carpet padding left to be found!
Underneath the tasteful 1970s carpet (which smells like 40 years of dog by the way) is some fully disintegrated carpet padding. Well some of the edges where there wasn’t any traffic are still kinda foam rubber like but mostly it just super fine black rubber dust. Except where people walked a lot. Those areas have a lot of good old fashioned dirt dust instead. No carpet padding left to be found!

Ok. All the carpet is out of the living room (and is now acting as a dirt/mud covering for the area where the deck used to be. Works well!

Ok. All the carpet is out of the living room (and is now acting as a dirt/mud covering for the area where the deck used to be. Works well!)

All the carpet padding remnants have been scraped off the boards.

All the carpet padding remnants have been scraped off the boards.

The most amazing Ariel hard at work in the west bedroom. This is AFTER carpet and 3 layers of linoleum have been pulled out! You rock Ariel!

The most amazing Ariel hard at work in the west bedroom. This is AFTER carpet and 3 layers of linoleum have been pulled out! You rock Ariel!

One of the layers of fancy linoleum. Interesting stuff!

One of the layers of fancy linoleum. Interesting stuff! By the way, that blue and yellow tool in the picture is one of the BEST demolition tools ever. That, a claw hammer, and a dead blow hammer will take about anything apart. A crowbar would be a good addition but I haven’t bought one yet.

More fancy linoleum.
More fancy linoleum.

Finally down to wood in the last part of that room.

Finally down to wood in the last part of that room.

The 'big' bedroom has a concrete floor. Yea! That will be fun to remove! Right...

The ‘big’ bedroom has a concrete floor. Yea! That will be fun to remove! Right…

Fancy fancy stuff! I love it. Don't want it on the floor but it sure is pretty!

Fancy fancy stuff! I love it. Don’t want it on the floor but it sure is pretty!

One last look...

One last look…

Whee! Wood floors everywhere except the ‘big’ bedroom is half concrete. And the bathroom has a mystery floor. It’s been redone by adding to the top of the floor. We’ll see whats what over there on a different day.

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Let the fun begin!

So this house needs some work. A lot of work. And not just cosmetic stuff. While the original cabin is pretty level, square, and not leaking water, every addition is sagging and the roof in the back bedroom leaks. Plus the whole house smells like 40 year old carpet with a side dose of dog. And so it begins…

The deck is gone (Off to the dump and also a massive pile waiting to become firewood) and I've dug back the dirt from the edge of the house so I can peek underneath and see whats what with the foundation.

The deck is gone (Off to the dump and also a massive pile waiting to become firewood) and I’ve dug back the dirt from the edge of the house so I can peek underneath and see whats what with the foundation.

Gee, putting wood under a damp deck AND partly buried in the ground doesn't seem to be very good for it...

Gee, putting wood under a damp deck AND partly buried in the ground doesn’t seem to be very good for it…

And since this is the (lack of) a foundation under the mudroom there is no surprise why its all saggy!

And since this is the (lack of) foundation under the mudroom there is no surprise why its all saggy!

This is under the original cabin. Much better! Amazing how some concrete and rocks does so much to keep the wood from rotting out!

This is under the original cabin. Much better! Amazing how some concrete and rocks do so much to keep the wood from rotting out!

Looking further under the original cabin. Looks pretty good! The beer can is just one of MANY MANY interesting, old, half rusted things I found under the floor.

Looking further under the original cabin. Looks pretty good! The beer can is just one of MANY MANY interesting, old, half rusted things I found under the floor.

Looks a bit better with all the rotten stuff trimmed off.
Looks a bit better with all the rotten stuff trimmed off.

Oh yea! More digging. Lets see what this end of the foundation looks like.

Oh yea! More digging. Lets see what this end of the foundation looks like.

Dug out and ready for a peek...

Dug out and ready for a peek…

Well, underneath is more of the same. Cobwebs and dirt. The original cabin is in pretty good shape but this bit back here on the bedroom addition is... well... you can see exactly how that piece of wood is shaped. It's mostly rotted out.

Well, underneath is more of the same. Cobwebs and dirt. Only at this end of the house the ‘crawl’ space is only about 4 inches high. The original cabin is in pretty good shape but this bit back here on the bedroom addition is… well… you can see exactly how that piece of wood is shaped. It’s mostly rotted out.

So it seems that my original plan to get under the house in a couple spots and jack it up from the outside will be more difficult than needed and I won’t do as good of a job as could be done from the inside. The carpet needs to go anyway and I have no idea what the floor is like but having an actual crawlspace will make future repairs (plumbing, electrical, etc) MUCH better so…. Join me for our next episode! Time to take out some floors!

 

 

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Lets start with a tour!

Tasteful fake wood panelling is well complimented by the vintage carpet

Tasteful fake wood panelling is well complimented by the vintage carpet

Not bad actually. It's been fixed up fairly recently. The counters are really short for me though...

Not bad actually. It’s been fixed up fairly recently. The counters are really short for me though…

A nice little breakfast nook. The table is gone but the bench remains.

A nice little breakfast nook. The table is gone but the bench remains.

Your average bathroom. But with a hidden secret...

Your average bathroom. But with a hidden secret…

6 - Big bedroom

A cozy cave with a big south facing window

The above mentioned big south facing window all tucked in to keep the house warmer

The above mentioned big south facing window all tucked in to keep the house warmer

When I say 'little bedroom' I mean it. Just big enough for a twin bed and about that much more floor space plus a roof that is too short for mr to stand up. And it leaks.

When I say ‘little bedroom’ I mean it. Just big enough for a twin bed and about that much more floor space plus a roof that is too short for me to stand up. And it leaks.

I get a mudroom!  And it has a lovely south facing window and a counter for sprouting plants. Lots of big study cupboards for storing stuff stuff and...

I get a mudroom! And it has a lovely south facing window and a counter for sprouting plants. Lots of big sturdy cupboards for storing stuff stuff and…

... there is room for a washer AND a dryer (if I keep it) AND a big freezer or utility sink!

… there is room for a washer AND a dryer (if I keep it) AND a big freezer or utility sink!

The front door (Mudroom)

The front door (Mudroom)

The kitchen wall as seen from the neat little back yard. Those are garden bed built up along the wall. I'll have to find some good shade loving plants for there. Maybe a mushroom garden?!

The kitchen wall as seen from the neat little back yard. Those are garden beds built up along the wall. I’ll have to find some good shade loving plants for there. Maybe a mushroom garden?!

Nice spot for a deck but the deck is evil and must die! (The deck has in fact been ripped out. That was the very first project. Had to be done before someone broke a leg!)

I see future barbecues!

I see future barbecues!

The south wall that needs more windows and less bathroom

The south wall that needs more windows and less bathroom

Hello mister leaky roof! I'll fix you and your pretty dog too!

Hello mister leaky roof! I’ll fix you and your pretty dog too!

The odd little kitchen garden alley spot. Gonna have to think up something interesting to do here.

The odd little kitchen garden alley spot. Gonna have to think up something interesting to do here.

24 - Outside west side 3

The weird little roof that was added over the VERY saggy and leaky kitchen roof. It’ll be interesting to see what fixing that up is like.

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The new house!

16 - Outside east side

This is the house about a week before I bought it. So excited to get this house fixed up!

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