I stopped by the house last Tuesday (the day after receiving the keys, FINALLY) to see if the demo crew had begun demolition yet. You can imagine after all the delays (6 weeks worth just to close) that I didn't have high expectations for any part of this process happening on time. But to my delight, as I pulled up to the house, I noticed the huge front picture window was gone! (It's getting moved elsewhere.)
Inside, I was surprised to see even more carnage: The carpets were all gone on the main level and basement, the Falcon Crest stairway banister was gone and some of the drywall had been smashed in with a sledge hammer (Big Daddy will be so happy!), and the kitchen island had been taken apart. Never was anyone so thrilled to see their house in a state of complete disarray!
Since that time, I've stopped by the house twice more and now there is nothing left inside but the lonely fridge and pulled out double ovens standing in the middle of the kitchen space. The entire system of cabinets and counters is gone (I sold them on KSL and the guy came and took the entire kitchen down himself), the broken kitchen appliances are gone, the bathroom vanities from the main floor are gone (same guy bought those), the hideous vanity from our master closet is gone (yahoo!), the upper and lower stairs are entirely gone and there is only a gaping hole in the floor where they used to be, the light fixtures are all gone, toilets, tubs and doors are gone. There's a hole in the kitchen wall where the built-in hutch used to be. Pretty much every single thing is gone but the fireplaces (whose tile will soon be smashed out), spiral staircase (whose days are numbered), and the remaining kitchen appliances that still work (sort of).
I've got to give props to Axel and his team of demolition studs. These guys would give Mad Max a run for his money! And to Sean Foote of Foote Construction, our GC, who is rocking it so far getting everything busted up.
It's surprising to say, but I like the house so much better now that it is a total wreck. The grime is so much less visible, haha!
Here are pics of some of the demolition. Don't worry if you can't tell what you're looking at. As the rebuild begins, I'll go room-by-room with before and afters.
We have one more wall to smash down today--the one between the future dining room and future family room. And then they're going to start framing up the new stuff TOMORROW! I would have been skeptical that it would actually happen tomorrow if it weren't for the fact that these guys ROCK. So...join me tomorrow or whenever I get to it for a breakdown of what's going up! (Is that called a break up?)