THE FIXER HOUSE: DEMO DAY(S) + INSPO!
DEMOOOOO DAYYYY! It took us a few days to demo everything/haul everything out of the house, but I've given some pointers below on WHY we demo'd what we did. There were several things that, at first, we didn't plan to demo, but once we started running the numbers based on quotes received from subcontractors, we realized it was best. Here is a quick synopsis of what we demo'd + why we demo'd + pics:
- Ripped up all of the flooring in the entire house. The kitchen & bath were linoleum & the rest of the house carpet. Unfortunately, no hardwoods were found :(
TIP: If you're dealing with carpet, get a floor scraper like this one. There were about 20,000+ staples in the floor from ripping up carpet and this helps knock the majority of them up. We went for a full steel blade scraper and opted not to get the razor-edged scraper as it seemed less durable for our application.
ANOTHER TIP: If you're going to dump carpet, call your local dump first and check their requirements. They were going to require us to cover up all of the carpet with a tarp coming into the dump or it was a major fine.
- Ripped (most of) the kitchen down to the studs. So this was one of those we-weren't-planning-on-this-but-money-wise-it-makes-sense kinda things. You can see in the pics below that we initially were not going to rip the kitchen down to the studs, but because we are bringing the kitchen electrical up to code, it was going to be more cost friendly to our electrician to go ahead and take the walls down. Now, the wiring for all the new GFCI outlets will be easily run and this will cut down on labor costs. We are keeping the layout of the kitchen the same as it already has a good open feel + we won't have to move plumbing around.
- Also! See the last picture above? This is where the built in pantry was previously and boyyyy has it been a dilemma. This has seriously been the BIGGEST point of contention/most brain power spent on the project so far... yes. the flippin' pantry. I went from removing the whole thing and not having a pantry to moving the refrigerator where the pantry is and building a pantry where the refrigerator is to buying a standalone cabinet unit for the pantry to building a small little cute pantry -- and, for MANY reasons, I landed on building a small cute pantry. I don't exactly know how this is going to look, but heck, it's worth a shot.
The Small Tiny Pantry Dilemma
We re-framed where the existing pantry was and cut down one of the hollow core interior doors to 15" to see how it would look. I know, I know, 15" is a TINY door, but I seriously think it will look ok (and isn't this original arched opening the CUTEST?!)...
Here are a few inspo pics I found that ease my mind a bit:
Stay tuned to see how our little pantry door project works out. Fingers crossed it looks how I imagine it :)
Ripped the entire bathroom down to the studs. We knew we would tear everything out in the bathroom, but didn't think we would bring it down to the studs either. This was a scenario very similar to the kitchen. The plumber is running all new plumbing in the bathroom (reference this post to see why/how we're relocating the tub and toilet), so, to help them out, bringing it down to the studs made the most sense. We also ripped up and replaced all the subfloor in the bathroom because it had water damage. Now we're ready for a pretty new bathroom! PS: In the last pic you can see where we marked the new tub location, toilet, and double vanity with 2x4s.
- Tore out the current closet situation (which was super dark, brown, ugly, and weird), but salvaged as much of the framing as we could. We thought and thought on this decision. The closest were weird and ugly, but after analyzing, there wasn't much better of a way to fit a good-sized closet in these rooms. We tore down what we needed to, but salvaged a lot of the closet framing. We centered the openings and have already built back the closets! Shiplap (The affordable kind -- another blog post coming soon about this!) + barn doors and voila! Brand new, clean, sleek closets! [Just an FYI: There are 2 bedrooms that have closets that look almost identical (the larger size as seen below) and the 3rd bedroom is fairly small and has the smaller closet as seen below].
THE DOORS + TRIM
- Removed all of the interior trim (base boards, door and window trim). At first we were going to try to salvage the interior trim and doors, but after getting the quote back from the painter, the amount of labor that was going to go into sanding down all of the door frames, trim, and (very ugly) brown hollow core slab doors, the price to get all new doors and trim was almost exactly the same.
TIP: I know sometimes painting on your own seems like the most affordable option. I agree with walls/ceilings, but consider how much labor will go into sanding, priming, and painting all the trim + doors (and cabinets if you're thinking of painting kitchen cabinets) in a flip as opposed to just replacing them. You can find very affordable pre-hung hollow doors (and very affordable kitchen cabinets. See this post) that are already primed and ready to paint!
A Little more Door Inspo:
That concludes the brief highlights of the demo!
We are so excited to start this build back and can't wait to share progress pics. Check those out via Instagram and stay tuned to check progress of our first fixer!
Until next time!
-Skyler & Brian