That’s the free trailer. … needless to say, it won’t look like this when we’re done.
Goal: 3 bedroom, 2.5 bath, loft & attic space.
Estimated move in: April 1st
Demo & plumbing need completed by move in. That’s 6 viable weekends for us.
With 1 weekend to visit (grand)parents (already scheduled last fall), & 1 weekend to completely move out of our apartment (mostly into storage).
This has been the first day of any real work. Previous weekends were bitterly cold & resulted in mostly surveying the project & packing up odds & ends left by previous people.
There are still 3 large objects to go, but those will wait on a storage unit & the one burly guy strong enough to lift them.
Today’s work: walls come tumbling down!
Nathan (husband) & daughter surveying my wall removal progress.
My daughter really enjoyed sledging away on the old cabinets. I knew from experience that mobile home cabinets were traditionally stapled together, that surprised her & Nathan.
I quite enjoyed destroying things today. It was very cathartic.
We didn’t destroy everything though. We salvaged most of the trim, & some of the paneling. In the rebuild it will all get sanded, patched, & painted & look good as new.
At the end of the day we had all but 3 interior walls down. Those 3 had enough screws that I’ll need to bring my drills next weekend.
We even got about half of the kitchen cabinetry demo’ed.
All in all, I’d say it was a very successful day.
Yet, many more to go.
Demo always goes faster than rebuild. & in this rebuild I’ll be upgrading construction quality. I want a lasting home, made under the best guidelines. Energy efficient, warm, comfortable, & comforting. I’ll be adding layers to the bones of this house.
Exciting, yet terrifying. All of this & using just the money we’d usually use for rent & fun stuff. It really will be a little at a time. I hope my family still looks this excited & happy when we’re months into the project!