the reality is, there is only room for improvement, aka absolutely nowhere to go but up.
so as all yard/beer parties tend to go, we ended up doing some sledgehammering in ye front shanty. this was more a ceremonial demo, as the real demo crew would arrive the following morning, but we wanted to give our pals a chance to kick in a wall or two.
|that is a hole in the floor girl.|
|oh HAAYYYY, floor outlet that was just carpeted over.|
all this time, our plan has been to gut the front shanty to down to the studs and re-work the existing structure. we've got a decent roof and slat-wall construction in the money pit - the house is built like a TANK. a termite-infested, rotting tank. just jokes! we totes killed those termites and there is not that much rot.
as it turns out, we have zero architectural elements to try and preserve. not a surprise. we'd suspected there was not much to be had underneath the 80's remodel, but other than some sweeeeeet vintage wallpaper (so old it pretty much crumbles in your hands), there be nada. i did salvage some super old leaded glass windows that had been walled over, and will be saving those in my hoarder pile.
|this place reeks of elegance.|
so many long walks to and from the car through that gate = so much exercise.
hashtag winning aka losing.
on the upside, that's the fanciest temp fence i ever did see.
|temporary holding spot for my windows, while i worked out the location of the new hoard pile.|
|dining room walls, aka world's largest ant farm.|
|ships, carriages, gents and ladies on the stroll - HOW IS THIS WALLPAPER OUT OF STYLE?|
|please note the roller shades on these windows, left in place when the windows and fireplace were just sheetrocked over.|
|hey! another secret window!|
|after one of the demo guys fell in this hole and spilled his horchata ERRYWHERE, we came up with this fancy cabinet door hole covering solution.|
|pink slats from somewhere, used in the dining room.|
|you shall not pass.|