(Since you’re all here for the pictures anyway, you might as well start with them)
We kicked off the rehab on The Second Chance House the other day, and are already making great progress.
The key to this project is the redesign of the shared living space in the house, including the kitchen, dining room, and living room. We are knocking out most of the walls in the front of the house, and opening up these three areas into one large space. We do plan to use an L-shaped island and different flooring (tile instead of hardwood) to set the kitchen apart from the living and dining rooms, but the new floor-plan makes the area feel much bigger and less confined.
We’re also reconfiguring the “bonus room” and the laundry room (which previously were joined by an entryway) to define those spaces a bit better. The bonus room will be closed off from the laundry room (with the only access through French Doors from the living room), making this space ideal for a fourth bedroom, an office, a media room, or a play area for children. And the laundry room will be opened up a bit (by removing a hard-to-use pantry) and made more functional. All the paneling will be replaced with sheetrock, and all the drop ceilings will be raised and replaced with sheetrock. (We couldn’t figure out why there was a drop ceiling under the plaster ceiling until we ripped out the drop ceiling and noticed that all the wiring was running beneath the plaster).
Here is the “blueprint” for the reconfiguration…
Much of the demo was completed on Day 1, including tearing down most of the extraneous walls, tearing out all of the paneling, ripping up the sub-floors that needed replacement, removing all doors and jambs, disposing of the old appliances, and removing the old toilets, sinks and fixtures. On Day 2, the cabinets and countertops were torn out, the extraneous electrical was removed, the old studs were knocked out, and some existing studs were cut to support the new knee-wall at the kitchen island.
Here are some pictures of the demo work…