In order to start the next stage of basement progress, framing up the new walls, I needed the plumbers to come back and move some old pipes out of my way. At the same time they replaced a bunch of aging equipment and re-located the water heater to make a more efficient pipe layout!
Here's what you'll want to have on hand in order to take own your own basement demolition. You can get most of these for under twenty bucks, and with them, you'll be set to tear about nearly any basement.
Any remodeling project is inherently more or less wasteful. "Out with the old and in with the new" means that something is being tossed and new resources are being consumed. Here are the steps I took to keep limit the landfill content produced by my basement demolition.
Just to throw a wrench in the works once again, I gave myself an additional major delay in construction (or de-construction) at the beginning of the year: bringing home a new dog, Roxie. Here's a little intro to my pup and the techniques I've used to acclimate her to her new life as a construction dog.
After a long winter of being distracted by design work and other projects, I got back to the fun of tearing apart the house again a few weeks ago. Actually I began some exploratory demolition by pulling down a few ceiling tiles at the end of January, only to be delayed by a the sudden … Continue reading Basement Progress: Demolition and Discoveries
One consideration in dealing with older buildings is that they may have lead paint on walls or trim. The Centers for Disease Control website recommends assuming any house built before 1978 has some lead paint lurking around. Why is this a problem? Lead won't do you any harm while sticking to the wall, but it has … Continue reading Getting the Lead Out like Pros
The house itself isn't the only dated thing about my little charmer on Togstad Glenn - it also has an extremely old-fashioned yard. This is one more element that I plan to bring forward into the 21st Century. I'm told that the previous owner was once an avid gardener with vegetables growing in a sunny patch in the … Continue reading Tearing out the Hedge-of-Doom