So, we started demo on Wednesday, September 11th. Given that today is Tuesday the 17th, we're not really into week 2 yet. However, I'm not much for technicalities and the progress we've already made is exciting. Thus, today is a good day for an update, whether it's really week 2 or not.
As you may or may not know, most houses from this era have plaster walls with wood lath behind the walls. There's a company in town 1767designs.com that uses this lath work to make cool decorative pieces. This is great for a couple of reasons. 1) It saves all that wood from going into a landfill, which I like. 2) It lets a part of these old houses live a new life as cool artwork - a little up cycling, if you will. 3) the company demos our plaster for free in exchange for the lath work, which saves us money on the flip. Everyone wins. This process is time consuming and tedious, though, as demo has to be done in a more delicate way so as to not smash all the lath work to pieces. That said, they are well on their way and on schedule to be done by tomorrow afternoon. Check out the pics below of what the lath work looks like after plaster is removed. Isn't it amazing that the house actually looks better without the plaster?
Meanwhile, in the upstairs unit, demo is also underway. That was originally attic space that was converted at some point much later (I'm guessing the 70s, if the wood paneling is any indication), so nothing is saved up there and no soft touch is required. It should be pretty much fully cleared out today, as at this point, it's just a matter of getting all the debris into the dumpsters. We have 2 on site and have already turned one of them. This place has a huge backyard and alley access, which has been great from the standpoint of getting our dumpsters in and out.
Up next is getting the design for the new second floor finalized. We met with a CAD guy last week and he will draw up plans for our approval. We're basically looking to bring up the roofline in the back of the house so that we have full height ceilings and add a large shed dormer on front in order to maintain the historic look of the home and make sure it fits in with the existing neighborhood. No tall and skinnies here. The new second story will be about 1,000 square feet with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths.
Stay tuned next week for pics of the empty shell before we start putting her back together. Heather will be trying her hand at designing the downstairs layout this time, so I'm excited to see what she'll come up with.
Our first property. A classic ranch.
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Hi. I'm Shannon. My sister Heather and I are business partners in the exciting world of real estate investing. We do this as we do everything, with style and a healthy dose of humor. Tune in here for a no holds barred account of all our shenanigans, the good, the bad, and the truly hilarious.
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