March 16, 2004

The good news is that we could now expand into the addition.  The bad news is we had to because we were being displaced.
Up until now, all inside work was really being done inside the addition; the existing living quarters had been untouched.  This made it livable.
This week they came inside the house...with a vengeance!  Yes, that is a jackhammer you see behind the plastic curtain.  

Note wheels under console: it has been placed on a dolly for easy roaming as furniture will be regularly displaced in the future.

They jack hammered a trench through the foundation to make footings for the new load bearing wall.

This wall between the family room and laundry room, is moving over three feet to expand the laundry room.  Now it's obvious why that window had to go.
The image of the grate on the slab isn't dust, it's paint: apparently they just spray painted the heating vent grills right on the slab when they built the house 18 years ago.

We're doing the same trick in the master bedroom: moving the wall toward the new space by three feet to move some of the new space into the middle room of the house.  Downstairs it was the laundry room; up here it's another bedroom.

Later that same after noon the outline of the new wall appears where the taped marked in the above photo.  And obviously the demo of the old wall began.
Often you find surprising things when you tear down houses.  Our contractor pointed out the header beam uncovered in the middle of the wall, as if for a nonexistent window or door.  Apparently an option when the house was built was to have the middle bedroom as an office with french doors off the master bedroom.

The current set up of doors between bedrooms, and the frame of the new wall indicating where the door to the master bedroom will move .

Does this count as moving into the new addition?

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