Taking apart the second floor gives a new sense of the enormity of this project.
Here’s a first look at the bones of the house, upstairs, and how hard the Ranserve demo crew is working — gotta get pix of the plastic protective bunny suits the guys are wearing.
Looking up the stairs. Drywall torn off walls and ceiling. Piles of 60-year-old insulation drifting everywhere. Dust everywhere.
Bedroom 3 is no longer painted pink. Good riddance.
Standing in what will be the upstairs loft, looking back at bedroom 3 and the stairwell.
Piles of insulation, wire everywhere, ceiling cans coming down — demo makes a mess.
What will become the master closet and bath. See the cleaner/brighter wood between the two windows? That is a relatively new wall put up by a former owner to create a closet. Plans call for the master bath to go into that space.
Standing in what will become the master bedroom, looking back through what will become the master closet to what will become the master bath. The demo crew is not done with the ceiling and insulation. The window at right has been removed, replaced by a chute to slide demo materials down to the first floor.
Pivoting left from the prior photo to look through what was the master bath built by a prior owner as a remodel project.
Pivoting still further left — one of three dual-pane front windows that will be donated to Habitat at the left of photo, continuing to look into what was the master bath remodel project by a prior owner. Past the newer/brighter lumber is the cement underlayment for what was the whirlpool tub and shower.
From the outside, looking up at the trash chute from the master bedroom.
This is what was the cast-iron bathtub in the kiddie bath upstairs. The only way to get it out is to cut it, smash it. This will be recycled under the Austin Green Building Program guidelines.
With insulation removed it’s now possible to see just how badly the structure was cut when the upstairs bathrooms were remodeled sometime during the life of this house.
At left, the blocking was turned sideways and cut to shreds. At right, the blocking was cut by half. In the middle, the blocking is, well, holed beyond integrity. And the ceiling beams are compromised.
Building code today prohibits this.
Steven is thinking that taking the house down to stud is a smart decision.
Until demo reached the second floor it was extremely difficult to squeeze through the scuttle hole into the attic to go spelunking for treasure, structural surprises, etc.
Taking down the ceiling drywall and insulation reveals two attic fans — didn’t know these were there. Steven will ask Ranserve to remove them for donation to Habitat.
Shouldn’t there be a 2×4 sitting under the vertical studs to serve as a horizontal plate? Steven has to ask. The stud on the right is penetrating the cardboard that is supposed to protect the wood floor.
Termites have taken out structure at the back door and windows. Just in case, Ron and the demo crew braced the second floor.