Cabinets and floor have been demolished. These are the original walls.
The other side of the Kitchen. The sink used to be to the right of the dishwasher there. It's going back.
Lath and plaster wall removed. Pain in the bum, but we got it done. This 200 year old house has original 2x4 framing, 24 inches on center.
Other view of lath and plaster removal.
This is the old ceiling fan that used to occupy this space. It's gone now.
Demolished the other wall too. We're going to replace all the insulation in this room.
Removed all the walls throughout the entire Kitchen.
Yep, really. All the walls.
Nothing can ever be easy, right? There's 2 layers of ceiling here. TWO LAYERS!!!
Well, that's one layer gone. Phew. Break time.
This ceiling was a little bit easier to remove now, with the other layer gone.
All gone now. No more ceiling.
If you ever wanted to know what a mouse nest looks like, here you go.
This nest was abandoned long before I found it. It freaked me out at first, because it looks a lot like a hornet nest.
Okay. All gone. No more nest. And I sprayed foam insulation in all the gaps in the 200 year old foundation below this wall and then reinsulated the area.
The old Subfloor. 5/4"x4" tongue and groove nailed in like a hardwood floor. This was one of the most difficult floors I ever had to demolish.
Apparently they didn't believe in door headers 200 years ago. There is absolutely no weight transfer going on here. No wonder there were so many cracks in the original walls around these corners.
A floor made of 2x4's thats 24" on center?!? Can't put a tile floor on that and expect it to hold up.
That's more like it. 12" on center with braces every few feet. Now that's a stable floor. We'd have liked to use 2x8's on this floor, but the original framing of this 200 year old house just would not allow for that.
The insulation sits in there nicely.
How about that insulation?
Spiral subfloor design. Super strong. Second layer goes in opposite direction for overlap.
Now, we are opening up the small doorway into a larger doorway. We have to be careful, because of the way this house is built, every wall, every 2x4, is load bearing. The load is evenly distributed, but still.
And here, now we have a doorway in place with a proper header to distribute the load properly.