I love the clean up-demo phase. It’s a way of getting to know the house, its history, and to mull over ideas for the renovation.
The dining room had a closet probably built the same time the house was converted into a two-family. In the next photo, you’ll see a detail shot of the wallpaper that was hidden. It was above the closet’s false ceiling.
A nice surprise. From what I’ve experienced, walls were painted in the kitchen and bathrooms. Everywhere else, there was wallpaper. After the war, there was a slow transition away from paper to painted walls. This detail was on the wall to be demo-ed, so I was unable to save it.
The kitchen will open up into the dining room.
My brother, Robbert, helped install the structural beams. Before removing the old studs, we had to support the existing load bearing floor joists.
In the background, you can see the new bathroom layout defined in tape. It took a while to figure out the closets, and, in the end, the last remaining wall section was removed.
The second floor bathroom was fully functioning. I could have left it, but I hated the tile floor and knew the existing plumbing was probably shot.
Yup… serious clogs and cracks in all the drain pipes.
This is the date when the first floor cast iron tub was manufactured, giving me the knowledge of when the house was converted into a two-family. I was surprised to see it happened so late in the Depression period.