When I was wrapping up at work, I got a message from him that said: "Hope you're not too attached to the yellow laundry...cause I kinda accidentally started tearing out the walls."
What do you mean by tearing out walls, I asked.
Then he sent me a photo.
As boyfriend suspected, no insulation between the wall and the exterior wall. Fine in summer, less fine in winter when it's outrageously cold outside.
Aside from cleanup, that's about as far as we got down there. Boyfriend moved the dryer to this wall to connect the vent and we're working on the plan for this room. It involved built in counters, shelves, a new sink and possibly a backup fridge and extra oven for holiday cooking or possibly baking when it's too hot to run the oven in the kitchen. Boyfriend is redoing the pipes and such too.
Since we had started knocking down walls, might as well keep going. So we started with this one. Boyfriend started working on it and I ran to Home Depot for paint samples. I wanted to test paint on the paneling on a wall we were tearing down anyway. It's certainly cheaper to keep the paneling in the living room and part of the dining room, but I hate the way it looks, so trying to figure a way to salvage it for now. By the time I got back from the paint run, it looked like this.
Eventually though, this paneling will go. This is a non-negotiable later project in my world.
Then we moved to the other side.
This is how Grover felt about all the banging, pounding, sawing, cutting and kicking. As well as the purple wallpaper.
We took a little lunch break to admire our handy work and also think about what we want to do with the space...that plan is still in flux. The diagonal beam is a bit perplexing because it might be part of a wind brace that we may or may not need. Luckily, engineer boyfriend is on top of all those details that stress me out.
Since we were all dusty and a mess, might as well keep going. Next.
A few hours of rocking out to radio music circa high school (for me. I might be 30, but I'm the spring chicken in this partnership. Kidding, he's only 35.), we all of this down.
It was a pizza and beer/wine night for us after all this and we treated ourselves to a Redbox movie to admire our labor some more and think more about what we want to do with it.
More to come from our weekend of labor and the future plans, but I'll leave you with what the Homestead looked like at the end of this day.