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!


Raise the Roof…err…ceiling

As the exterior wall, tongue and groove demolition party continues, we have made our way upstairs (hello more termites) and have exposed the area above the kitchen ceiling. It’s pretty awesome. Not gonna lie. The kitchen (and bathroom) were added on to the house – not really sure when. I knew the ceiling was vaulted from the roof pitch outside, but I didn’t realize how awesome it looked from inside…until last week.

But, before I share with you the awesomeness that could be the vaulted ceiling in our future kitchen *squeal*…let’s play a game called “What does not belong with this photo?”

I will give you a hint.

Ryan and I were poking around at the ceiling above the stairs (under what will be the master closet, if that makes sense) when we saw bricks. A giant stack of bricks. There was a lot questions like, “Do you see that? Are my eyes really seeing what I think I’m seeing? ARE YOU SERIOUS?” There was also lots of head scratching, confused looks back and forth to one another, and heavy sighing before running to the kitchen.  The bricks were coming from the only possible room from that angle: the kitchen.

After finally admitting to myself that I was indeed staring at a brick column of sorts, I ran to the kitchen and start taking beadboard down trying to figure out what the heck is going on. I quickly got the proof I needed there was a brick column, about 18″ by 18″, going from floor ceiling right in the middle of the kitchen. It was hiding in the wall/closet between the kitchen and laundry room. The kitchen and laundry room are both so small, it is hard to get a picture that is helpful, so I whipped this floor plan to try to help.

We showed the brick column to the contractor working on the termite damage. His guess was it used to be the chimney for a wood burning stove in the kitchen. That makes sense, right?  Ryan and I thought so. We will now be referring to the column of bricks in the kitchen as a chimney from now on. That makes THREE brick chimneys. THREE! It’s too bad it is right-snack-dab in the middle of our future kitchen. Let’s add removing a chimney to our to do list….awesome….

Now, back to the raise the roof ceiling party.

That is our above ceiling view of the kitchen. Pretty sweet, huh? Ok. Maybe not yet. Right now it’s just a nest for spiders and things I don’t want to think about, but it COULD be awesome. Can you see the potential for a vaulted ceiling? I hope you can see what I see.

I’ve been looking around for vaulted ceiling inspiration the past week, hoping it would help me decide if I really like the look of a vaulted ceiling in the kitchen, will it be worth the trouble, etc. Verdict?

I LOVE IT!! Here’s a few of my favorite inspiration photos.

The last one is my FAVORITE! Totally digging that blue island, too.

So what do you guys think of the vaulted ceiling? Are you drooling over the photos like I am? Anyone else worrying about how the heck you install lighting in that sucker? I am. The vaulted ceiling would make for a little extra work, but we already planned on removing the existing ceiling in the kitchen (it’s nasty, sagging, and just plain gross), so why not go ahead one more step (or three, or twelve) and vault it? We will keep you posted as we do more research on how to actually make it happen!

Happy Monday! Thanks for stopping by!

Images were found on pinterest. Sources for images can be found here, here, and here. I was not able to track down all of the images. Forgive me.