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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The Trouble at the Bottom….. (Pete Seeger)

We can say it is a good thing to find the trouble at the bottom which would have reared its ugly head someday especially if we had tried to install a cosmetic fix for the existing slab. Excavation of the … Continue reading

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Dirt Can’t Hide (From Intensified Digging)

Excavation resumed after the plumbing was dug out. The goal was 16 1/2 inches down from the top of slab or about a foot of digging throughout. The first few inches were completed before the plumbing was dug out, just … Continue reading

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Into the Void (Our Caisson Foundation)

We were very pleasantly surprised to find that the rear wall that holds back the earth bermed north side of the house has a caisson foundation. I had never heard of this type of foundation, and it is not generally … Continue reading

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Hot Town in the Summertime

Denver has a particularly temperate climate but it does get hot and even humid there. Last summer there were several stifling days while I worked tearing out the walls. So I was planning to find a cooling solution for this … Continue reading

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Dropping the Attic

The first step was removing the rest of the loose fill fiberglass insulation from the attic rafters. Messy job. I bagged all the loose fill in case I need it to fill in or increase the depth of the insulation … Continue reading

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Nature’s Warriors

Hey, what was that tap tap tapping on my house? Yeah, I think I let this one happen. Even while I was home it did not occur to me that the birds could drill a hole right through the siding … Continue reading

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Bare Bones

I decided that the cathedral ceiling being extra tall and inaccessible, was too difficult for me to tear out myself. I enlisted the help of some demolition experts who I contacted through their ad on Craigslist. They came over with … Continue reading

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Goodbye Fiberglass (Mostly)

There were a lot of damaged fiberglass batts in the walls and ceiling. Most of the batts had to be discarded due to mold, mouse holes and urine. The fiberglass batts just about filed the 30 yard dumpster, as well … Continue reading

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Hornets’ Nest! @#&!

One of the demo experts started to tear out the hallway ceiling and came running out with a terrified cry of “HORNETS”! The guy was very allergic and would have had to take lots of Benedryl or get to a … Continue reading

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Door Warranty Prep

I met with the door warranty team in mid-June and they asked me to seal up the front of the house and add an awning of some kind over the doors, put in a landing so dirt would not splash … Continue reading

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