Category Archives: Deconstruction

Tear down, tear out

Deconstruction–Step One

Colorado has rules. There are more rules there than we are used to. We knew remodeling in a city would require lots of drawings and permits and inspections and stuff we don’t generally like to do. So the first step … Continue reading

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Deconstruction–Step Two

Not only does Habitat for Humanity build affordable houses for people, since 1998 Denver’s Habitat has been building LEED certified homes that save the homeowners more each year that energy costs increase. Habitat has a lot of experience with recycling … Continue reading

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A Summer of Deconstruction

The summer months were spent tearing out the walls and some of the drywall in the house. Most of this work was done by me in one or two week visits to Colorado. This is what the house looked like … Continue reading

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Midsummer’s Dreams

We decided we could tackle one room at a time. Starting with the master bedroom. So off came the drywall and down came the walls.

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Brawn vs. Brains

If one room at a time was the plan, then the whole room would have to be demolished, including removing the concrete floor, the next step was renting a huge air compressor and jackhammer to get the floor out. Immediately … Continue reading

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On Beyond Zebra (i.e. first notions)

Giving up the idea of completing one room at a time meant more time on the task taking out the rest of the walls so someone else could take out the floor. Needed somewhere to put the trashed drywall and … Continue reading

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Labor Day Labors (Plus 10 days)

The walls fall away and begin to reveal the amazing interior spaces of the house. It was fun getting to this point but there is still a lot to get done before the floor can come out.

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Bagster Truck

The debris began to overwhelm the garage with the three filled bags so I called the Bagster company to find out about hauling it away. They declared that the bags had to be in the open, and could not get … Continue reading

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Late September Reinforcements!

By late September, the project needed a boost. So my husband and son came out to help and to cut down the dead trees at the entrance and one that was planted too close to the house. That one rattled … Continue reading

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Back at the Ranch

Now that the players have all been described, how are things going at the house? The slab was removed after days of breaking it up with the jack hammers and hauling wheelbarrows of concrete out to the rubble field. We … Continue reading

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