Thursday, April 22, 2010


The foundation levelers have completed their task, leaving a plywood subfloor, a sump pump at the lowest point under my house, and a whole new demolition/reconstruction chapter in the life of my World War II-vintage house.

I knew some drywall and ceiling panels would have to be replaced. I did not realize only one wall of drywall would be spared. A very hard-working and conscientious worker, Jose, set upon tearing out everything else, including kitchen cabinets, stove hood, and most ceiling lights.

This pile of debris, not to be confused with the pile of debris of the previous post, is largely drywall and kitchen cabinets...from a 900-square-foot house.

More discarded drywall. I feel guilty sending so much solid waste to the landfill, especially today: Earth Day.

It was almost freaky seeing my house without its walls.

Surprise! No insulation in the south, west, and east walls.

Matilda, the cat, dispassionately surveys the scene. Vapor barrier on south wall was another surprise, this one good.

I sleep in this cozy teardrop trailer.


Her Artichoke Heart said...

Great pictures! I love the one of Matilda. :)

Chile said...

What a HUGE job! Yikes. We've done several remodels where we practically tore the house down to the studs but never the entire house all at once. The worst room was a bathroom that, although it did have the subfloor, that was actually the originally outside porch and was pretty well dry-rotted. It was also insufficiently supported not by floor joists but by sistered 2x4s up on wood footers. Considering the termite issues in AZ, the whole thing had to be rebuilt, including pouring concrete footers.

Quite an adventure you're having, eh?

Waitress from Mensa said...

Adventure, indeed. We are both going through the house rebirthing process, it seems. I've been enjoying your new-home journal. I'm amazed at the length of the drywall installation, taping, mudding, floating, sanding process is. For a 900-sq-ft house, I've already bought 17 3.5-gallon boxes of drywall joint compound (mud) and more than 80 sheets of drywall. The workers look like Chinese opera characters by the end of the day. Good luck on your domicile adventure!