We have finally started renovating the kitchen/family room area of the house. It is presenting more than a few challenges, and I’m sure we’ll uncover even more as we go along.
The first item to take care of was removing a load-bearing wall which separates the family room from the kitchen and a little den, and we also needed to remove the left wall of the pantry.
We lined up a contractor to remove the walls and install new beams. Jim began a little pre-demolition work to get ready for the job. First, the odd shallow cabinet needed to be removed, but…
We created an area for a temporary pantry which, I will admit, looks like something the Beverly Hillbillies would do. Simply stack one 5-foot folding table on top of another, and VOILA!
Once the shallow cabinet was gone, it exposed the side of the old oven cabinet.
I was finally going to be able to get rid of something that has been bugging me for two years:
Yes, a previous owner decided it would be a good idea to install the oven cabinet with a support beam running right through it. Nice. Since there was no reusing that cabinet, Jim took it apart, leaving a nice clean spot for the contractor to get to the wall.
Jim began removing the old door trim from the left end of the wall, and made a very interesting discovery!
We had thought that the wall was solid concrete blocks, since it was an old exterior wall. However, with the door trim popped off, Jim could see that almost the entire wall was wood framed, with just a single column of concrete blocks at the right end.
Jim took down all the drywall on one side of the wall…
And then he took down all the drywall on the other side of the wall plus removed the studs, exposing our den (a.k.a. junk room)…
The next thing to tackle was the pantry. All the items had to be transferred to our pantry a la redneque, and then all the shelves were removed.
Next, Jimbo started on his favorite part – demolition 🙂
Once the pantry was demo’d and the mess cleaned up, we just had to wait on our contractor to schedule a day to install the beams. (Stay tuned for Part II!)