The Best Find & House Gutting

Hey Everyone,

I’m feeling a little under-the-weather today.  This is good for two reasons only: (1) my critters have an all-day snuggle buddy and (2) I’m sitting down long enough to actually consider writing a blog post!  Otherwise, I’m pretty useless.

After we last spoke, we continued to demolish a huge section of the “old house”.  I found something really incredible- which I can’t wait to share with you at the end.  I thought it would be really fun to pull up some old photos and try to match them with some “in-progress” photos so you could get a feel for what we are doing.

The first major thing that happened was the removal of the wall between the new addition and the old house.  That was amazing.

Before (an above shot):
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In Progress:
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If it looks like total chaos… well, it is.

You also remember how I told you that we had destroyed much of the old laundry room?
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We decided to take off the problematic [cracking] drywall between the living and old laundry room…
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But I couldn’t bear to put the wall back up because it just opened up the living room so much… [You know this blog post is from Texas when… Whataburger]
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The room is now a mostly blank slate:
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Except Jeff is putting in a pocket door to the new laundry/old kitchen:
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Also, this is not the most current photo, but the old bathroom is gutted to the floors and bare shiplap walls. We did leave the shower completely intact for a later project, but the vanity fell apart while we were trying to move it. Oh well.
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NOW, FOR MY FAVORITE PART OF THIS WHOLE GUTTING/BUILDING/UPCYCLED UGLY PROJECT:

If you’ve been following along, you know about our original ship-lap walls. You also know that our house is on the tax records as having been built in 1957. You may also know that Jeff & Tommy suspected it was much older due to the type of nails, wood, etc. as well as the presence of a wood shingle roof in the attic and all wood windows. WELL. We got some sort of confirmation.

We uncovered a portion of wall that had apparently had a fire.
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I sanded the whole room down because it had about a million little strings from the old wallpaper tacked into the wall.

While I was sanding the very last board of the living room (one that had charring), something caught my eye.
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That, folks, says:

“This place caught on fire Mon. Feb. 9th 1925.”

Oh.my.gosh.

There is the confirmation we’ve been looking for all along. I’m a sap for old houses- especially our 89+ year old house.

Fun Findings- Part II

I left you hanging yesterday.  That was mean. 😉

It makes today more fun, though!

Here is what was hiding under our old drywall/wallpaper- that’s original long leaf pine shiplap:
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This may not look like much now, but see the inspiration photos below:
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It has the potential to be really amazing!  We’ll let you know how it all unravels!