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Let The Demo Begin!


Let the Demo begin! We're going to be as hands on as possible

We are a few days into demo and it's moving fast! Walls are down and we're seeing the place really open up. We have had a few surprises so wanted to share. After working for months on plans and approvals it’s really satisfying to see progress!


a hidden treasure! original pocket doors!

The first wall to come down



On the parlor level the wall that created the bedroom that was added is completely gone. The kitchen is demoed and the bathroom is mostly gone. Since our place was renovated a few times over the past few decades it was great to see some of the original walls underneath. One of the biggest surprises was finding the treasure of pocket doors closed up in the walls! Unfortunately we are removing the wall they were in to create our new kitchen, but we will use them somewhere else in the house. 


The open space now allows us to see how the kitchen will be arranged

The existing bathroom on parlor level being removed


On the top level, our master bedroom is taking shape. The walls that created a small hallway that was carved out of what will be the master bedroom are out of the way. We can see how large the room will be. We’re creating 3 bedrooms and they are taking shape. At this pace we should be done with demo in just a couple more days. 


Upstairs is now one open space. This will be divided between three bedrooms

Another hidden treasure: original air vent!

The last thing that we are designing is the guest bathroom. Based on some very helpful comments from readers we decided that it is important to work a shower into the space. Just having a claw foot tub/shower combo isn't very convenient for guests. We are trying to figure out the best way to achieve the look we want without busting the budget. Our initial idea to create a large wet area with a shower and freestanding tub was too expensive so we need to scale it down. We think the best option is to use a tile-ready shower base in the shower area with curbs and glass on both sides. If anyone has any advice let us know!



re-thinking the guest bathroom; now with a shower. inspo. photo by Elizabeth Roberts Architecture & Design


We did a walk through and made a list of all of the finishes we need to buy. Light fixtures, doors, hardware, appliances, flooring, an entire steel deck 😱. Our tight budget is getting a workout! If you know of any places to get great deals we would love to hear!


Check out our Instagram feed for lots of demo photos and videos! Thanks for reading! We’ll update on where we are in a week!




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