It's our favorite time in a project again; demo time!! There is nothing more fun than busting things up and tearing them down...It's therapeutic! And, you find some great discoveries along the way in these beautiful old homes! This home on Osborn is no exception. During the demo. phase of this project we found some interesting things and some things that make you wonder why they were changed from the original over the years.
One of those things were the wall coverings. Most of the first floor walls were covered with a painted wood paneling. Upon removing the wood paneling, we discovered that the dining room walls originally had a batten board trim layout. You can see the imprint of the boards in the photos above (the horizontal and vertical imprints on the existing wall). Batten board is a trim layout that provides a cool paneled look to the room. Before we did the demo, we felt batten board would look great in the dining room with window layout and the style of trim. Discovering that the house originally had batten board in this room confirmed we were on the right path in our quest to restore the original look and feel to the home.
One of the things we try to accomplish where possible is to level all of the floors and minimize differential heights between floor heights in adjacent rooms. The way we do this is by demo-ing old vinyl floors and tiles that were added on over time before we do our new flooring finishes. At this home, this was a major effort. In some places, there were TWO to THREE layers of flooring to remove. But, this is a labor of love that future home owners will appreciate and enjoy for years to come! The picture above shows the end result after 3 layers of vinyl flooring was removed in the kitchen...now the kitchen floor level is flush with the adjacent dining room.
Living room after wood paneling was removed...Great windows that have been refurbished! These windows are better than replacement windows. They were just in need of little care. We replace 22 broken panes throughout the house, replaced broken screens, reglazed as needed, replaced broken ropes and repaired wood work. Is this cheaper than replacing them with new windows? Probably not, but it's a lot better finished product. With a little paint, these windows will be awesome!
Kitchen after wall finishes were moved. The existing kitchen was broken into a two spaces to create a very small breakfast nook.
We replaced the header and removed the short walls to create one cohesive and spacious kitchen, with plenty of cabinets and countertops!
Another view of the flat wall made possible by the new longer header!
This one will be a fun one to put back together! There is so much potential and we have some fun ideas! We look forward to updating you as this fun project progresses!