Category Archives: Deconstruction

Tear down, tear out

Interesting Original Construction Details

One great thing about deconstruction is that it reveals interesting construction details. I am removing siding around what used to be the front door but will now be our Master Bedroom door. The foil covered polyiso is being replaced because … Continue reading

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The Most Difficult Door

I had Efficiency Matters return to frame in the back door with 2 x 6’s. The wall there was so crooked that the first installation had the door sticking out 2 inches at the top inside and almost 2″ at … Continue reading

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Fireplace Boiler System Re-design

During our first fire in the fireplace boiler the hot water was not getting out of the stove. I took some thermal photos to try to capture where the heat was going. The photo appears to show that the hot … Continue reading

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Floating Walls

Way back in 2012 when the first wall was about to be taken down, I took this photo of the floating wall in the master bathroom. A floating wall is not fully connected between the ceiling rafters and the floor … Continue reading

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Cabinet Instead

Every little project takes time. We had a perfect size cabinet to put in place of the wine fridge from reducing the size of the island. I just had to install it. The wine fridge was built in over a … Continue reading

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Laminate Bathroom Floor

I took another detour while my son and his family were out of town for a Christmastime trip. The old tile floor in the family bathroom was green shiny imitation marble. It was very slippery for a bathroom floor. And … Continue reading

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Rear Bathroom Gut Job

In order to meet the minimum standard for LEED all the substrate around a tub or shower must be paperless including the ceiling. It’s required even under tiled walls. The existing tiled walls had been waterproof for over 30 years … Continue reading

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