Mike & Sandie's Foyer Renovation: Demo Begins

Renovation Diary

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Name: Mike and Sandie
Type of Project: Foyer renovation
Location: Saskatoon; Saskatchewan, Canada
Type of building: 2 1/2 story single-family home, built in 1919

Mike and Sandie's renovation is underway! If you missed them last week, you can click back through and catch up on the introductory posts about the project, Mike and Sandie's plans for the finished kitchen, and their budget.

Demolition began this week! The hardwood is out and the almost-100-year-old subfloor is exposed. We had hoped most of this would be salvageable, but wowza! The wear, tear, gapping and dryness is too extreme for the floor to be worth keeping. Also some interesting stains... hmmm. We’ll be replacing everything that's old & busted with nice sturdy hot newness.
After the under staircase demo.
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The first order of business was to remove the plaster/lath from the underside of the basement entrance: a messy, dusty, and labour intensive task. Good thing we really like the smashy smashy part.

Under staircase repairs.
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Next (after an intensive vacuuming), backers were added to provide extra support at the joins, and voila! It was a little tricksy to make sure the supports would not interfere with the overhead on the basement stairs when we insulate and finish them, but that’s what math is good for. Stay in school, kids.

The ceiling demo.
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What we needed to remove of the ceiling is out (to make repairs on the 2nd floor landing, while we are at it), and the old knob & tube electrical is exposed, ready to be moved and replaced.

The lumberman's signature.
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Adventures in reno-land! While ripping out the hardwood, the underside of a corner-board had the Lumberman’s signature on it! A quick trip to the City Archives revealed some cool history to our home, and that the lumber supplier, R.B.Irvine, lived just three blocks away. It was a much needed morale boost, and made us feel more connected to the soul of our 1919 home.

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Cosmetically we have a long road (I see much sanding in our immediate future) ahead to re-habilitating the staircase’s surface, but structurally she’s starting to feel half her age. Gold star! Of course, we are thrilled to be 98% done with the sexy task of demo (only the subfloor remains). With dust-masks & safety goggles affixed on our faces (for at the least another weekend), bring on the reconstruction!

The subfloor, which is in poor condition and will have to go.
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Estimated time for project: 10 weeks
Time remaining: 8 weeks

Check out the full series (so far) and be sure to join us tomorrow for installment #5 of Mike and Sandie's Foyer Renovation.

(Images and diary text: Mike and Sandie)