The Floor & Chimney Showdown

The chimney demo finally happened folks! We actually have to rewind a little to before framing started. I am trying to really hard to keep this blog in “real-time” as in how things are happening, so you see a post from something that happened the week of (give or take a few days), but the past two weeks have been a little busier for various reasons. Therefore, I am behind. Bad blogger!! Forgive me.

With that said, let’s move on. Two weeks ago we had two big tasks that had to happen in order for the carpenter to get started.

Task 1 – Remove the kitchen chimney. You can see here where we found the third chimney  we didn’t know we had. I wouldn’t put that into the “fun surprises” category; however, seeing to go was fun!

I actually was out of commission for this project. I was in a wedding that day and left the chimney demo to Ryan and Muscle (aka Dad).  I was expecting there to be a lot of sledge hammers, sore backs and coal dust. Ryan and Dad were expecting there to be a lot of sledge hammers, sore backs and coal dust. I think everyone who reads this blog was probably expecting a lot of sledge hammers, sore backs, and coal dust.

Um, wrong. I think it went something like one hammer, two hammer, take-all-of-the-bricks-down-one-by-one-with-your-hand, no sweating required. It was WAY easier and WAY faster than anyone expected. Dad and Ryan were done in an hour. Hurray for a pleasant surprise!!

This leads us to Task 2 – Removing the hardwood floors upstairs in the future master bathroom.

Like most of the demo jobs in the house, the only tools required were a hammer, crow bar, and a little muscle. Since it only required a little muscle, Ryan and I tackled it ourselves., slowly, plank by plank, in hopes we could reuse it downstairs in the termite bedroom.

We were both pleasantly surprised how well we were able to take them up. By well, I mean  we could take each wood plank up with the tongue and grove in tact. We took our time and will probably be able to reuse about 95% of the hardwood. Score for the Saffells!

This room is about 15′ x 12′ and we were able to get all of the hardwood up in two afternoons of work, so about 5 hours. Not shabby (by our standards)!

One funny moment from the floor demo – a lesson on how to fill holes in a hardwood floor.

Apparently a plastic bag will do the trick! Who knew?? 🙂

Once we had all the flooring up, we had to bring Bella in for quality control.

Luckily, she approved of our work. She even went as far as WALKING on the bead board ceiling. Um, I about had a heart attack. For one, I thought she was going to fall through the ceiling, and two, if she had fallen through the ceiling I would have cried. Not just because Bella fell, but because she messed up my beautiful bead board ceiling. True story. Thankfully, the bead board held her weight long enough for us to grab her off of it.

While I wouldn’t call this project hard, there was some labor involved. We both definitely woke up Monday morning with sore backs and knees. Even at twenty something, we are too old for this! Ha. Okay, perhaps it isn’t age, just our bodies not being used to manual labor. Whatever reason, it made for a rough Monday morning.

I am very excited about he possibility of reusing this floor downstairs. The only issue is we may not have enough, so I need to do the math (yuck) and figure that out. We also have to take the up the hardwoods where the second upstairs bathroom will be. I think between the two rooms, we will have just enough. Ryan disagrees, but we all know what happened last time Ryan was in charge of square footage….

Progress is still going on with the framing, slowly but surely it is all getting done. Also, no updates on the construction loan. BOO! We were supposed to close on Friday, but no luck. What do you guys have going on this week? Ryan and I had a nice date last night to celebrate my 24th birthday. Thank you to those of you who wished a Happy Birthday in person, over the phone or via Facebook. All were appreciated 🙂 Have a great rest of the week!

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4 thoughts on “The Floor & Chimney Showdown

    • Glad you found it! Taking down the chimney was surprisingly easy for us. I had friends in our neighborhood that had to use a little more muscle to remove theirs, but it still wasn’t table. Just required more sledge hammer muscle 🙂

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