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The space onion

Layer by layer the walls come apart. I’ve decided that at this stage the house is a space onion. All shiny silver and it has layers… Ok. Maybe I’ve been breathing a BIT too much dust!Walls 32 - Living roomWalls 40 - Big bedroom, pre drywall removalWalls 41 - Big bedroom, post drywall removalCeilings 4 - Little bedroom, drywall removal has begunCeilings 5 - Little bedroom

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Whack-a-mole floors

First few boards of this layer of floor are out! They were tricky too since they were the ones right up against the wall. Not much space to work.

First few boards of this layer of floor are out! They were tricky too since they were the ones right up against the wall. Not much space to work.

A longer view

A longer view

So here we are at about 1/2 of the floor being out. I have decided that this layer of flooring is not worth saving as a building material. The orignal floor appears to be pine (not oak as I was hoping!), is VERY dry, and is almost impossible to pull up without the tongues and grooves breaking off.

So here we are at about 1/2 of the floor being out. I have decided that this layer of flooring is not worth saving as a building material. The orignal floor appears to be pine (not oak as I was hoping!), is VERY dry, and is almost impossible to pull up without the tongues and grooves breaking off. So this goes SUPER quickly now! I’m using a circular saw to cut the flooring just to each side of the floor joists. The flooring falls out in nice evenly sized pieces that will fit nicely in the wood stove and they are being stacked in the wood bin in the garage. This just leaves about a 3 inch wide piece nailed to each joist and those are easy to remove by simply swinging a hammer UP at them from between the joists and they fly off. It’s actually kind of fun in a Whack-A-Mole sort of way! What follows is a row by row by row set of pictures as I cut out each section.

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And here it is with all the little Whack-A-Mole pieces gone too.

And here it is with all the little Whack-A-Mole pieces gone too.

Whew! It’s nice to have a part of the project that is actually moving along quickly! AND I have a nice full wood box now!

All the old flooring is stacked up and filling the wood bin! All ready for next winter!

All the old flooring is stacked up and filling the wood bin! All ready for next winter!

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From 70’s panelling to yellow submarine to space bubble

This is one of the living room walls prior to being torn apart. I have to remove the paneling and the drywall in order to get the original layer of flooring up. Plus after seeing some of the amazing mould layers in the walls near the bathroom I'm inclined to make sure none of the rest of the walls look like that!

This is one of the living room walls prior to being torn apart. I have to remove the paneling and the drywall in order to get the original layer of flooring up. Plus after seeing some of the amazing mould layers in the walls near the bathroom I’m inclined to make sure none of the rest of the walls look like that!

The east window of the living room.

The east window of the living room. And also the required music center for any remodeling project! I can pick up a few radio stations, listen to my music, practice my spanish, or listen to books on tape while I work. Perfect!

The north west corner of the living room and the propane heater.

The north west corner of the living room and the propane heater.

The west side of the living room between the bedroom doors.

The west side of the living room between the bedroom doors.

The paneling and drywall have been striped of from around the french doors.

The paneling and drywall have been stripped off from around the french doors. It kinda feels like I’m working in a space bubble with all the shiny silver!

Luckily most of the paneling and drywall seem to be mould free! I guess it's just all the condensation near the wood stove that was the issue. Good to know since I plan to re-install the wood stove! I'll need to make sure that walls are appropriately protected, insulated, ventilated, etc so they don't mould. Especially since the wood stove is still going to be backed up to the bathroom even though I'm moving both to the west side of the house!

The ‘yellow submarine’ colored walls. Luckily most of the paneling and drywall seem to be mould free! I guess it’s just all the condensation near the wood stove that was the issue. Good to know since I plan to re-install the wood stove! I’ll need to make sure that walls are appropriately protected, insulated, ventilated, etc so they don’t mould. Especially since the wood stove is still going to be backed up to the bathroom even though I’m moving both to the west side of the house!

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Hi ho, Hi ho, it’s back to the floors I go…

Hi ho, Hi ho, it's back to the floors I go... Now that the walls of the bathroom and the 'big' bedroom are out of the way I'll get the rest of the floor boards up,

Now that the walls of the bathroom and the ‘big’ bedroom are out of the way I’ll get the rest of the floor boards up.

First layer is all out of the 'big' bedroom.

First layer is (mostly) all out of the ‘big’ bedroom.

Wood stoves should really be moved by two people. Oddly enough, for being made out of cast iron, they are REALLY heavy and bulky. But inch by inch I got it moved.

Wood stoves should really be moved by two people. Oddly enough, for being made out of cast iron, they are REALLY heavy and bulky. But inch by inch I got it moved.

And this was under the propane heater stove. There WAS a little sheet metal base that the stove sat on but that base was set directly on the carpet. Obviously that wasn't the best way to install it!

And this was under the propane heater stove. There WAS a little sheet metal base that the stove sat on but that base was set directly on the carpet. Obviously that wasn’t the best way to install it!

Oh goody. More mould!

Oh goody. More mould!

Goodbye mould!

Goodbye mould!

 

Ok. Time for that last bit of bathroom wall and the tub to go. Taking out floors sure involves a lot of walls!

Ok. Time for that last bit of bathroom wall and the tub to go. Taking out floors sure involves a lot of walls!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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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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