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September 25, 2004

Demo(lition) not Demo(nstration)

Demo'ing is a drag.

Yesterday I mentioned that the first step in any construction project is speaking to a lender. I suppose that was a bit premature - the first step in any new construction project is surviving the preparation and sale of the previous house. Anyone who has ever sold a home has asked themselves "What the hell are we fixing this place up for? We're leaving!?!?" That question holds even more bitterness when you're standing in a pile of rubble up to your knees...

Last night's project was the demo of our downstairs bathroom. If you're not familiar with home construction techniques of the 1920's, walls were not constructed of the nice neat sheets of drywall stacked up so nicely at Home Depot. Oh no. Walls were constructed by putting a billion little horizontal wood pieces, and then packing plaster on them. So imagine the reverse (demo) - the walls don't come apart in nice large sheets, but rather a billion little pieces (not to mention the asbestos-laden dust cloud that accompanies this procedure...) A hateful task to say the least.

On the bright side the worst is over! Our bathroom is in several trash cans on the front porch, awaiting the delivery of the dumpster. The cool part of doing a demo properly is that now I have a nice blank canvas to begin the reconstruction process. I'm one of those (sometimes referred to as 'anal') folks who even likes to be neat when I'm being dirty. So having a neat space prior to beginning construction is paramount! Probably begin putting up drywall tomorrow or some night this week.

Still though, anyone who has been in these situations will inevitably look upon the finished room with pride and sadness, and softly whisper to their spouse...

"Let's go start our new life." :)

Posted by Stephen at September 25, 2004 11:24 AM


Yes, Stephen, I do know about demolition. Lived through additions, remodelings, etc several times with both you and your dad. But believe me it is truly worth it even if you have to leave it for someone else to enjoy. Just remember what a great big, blank canvas (the tasting room & home) awaits you and Shannon (and family members!) to decorate!

Posted by: Mickey Mackey at September 26, 2004 9:06 AM