Upstairs Demolition Part 2 of the Master Bedroom remodel. The master bedroom suite remodel is/was done in two phases which will transform the upstairs into a master bedroom suite. Phase one, Master Bedroom Remodel Demolition, Construction and Reveal. To see the upstairs remodel Project Scope/Budget and Demolition Part 1.
Its been a struggle to pull the posts together because it takes me back to the beginning. The beginning of the unforeseen problems that caused the project scope to explode and the budget to nearly double. What’s also so frustrating is how long the remodel has been going on….10 weeks and counting :-[
My frustration level is so high I’m crying as it releases steam that is needed to move forward. Sanding and dust everywhere which a hundred barriers can’t contain. As well as the continuous loud noises that even a loud TV can’t block out!!!!!!!
Eventually the project will end. Let’s start from where we left off…
The demolition work that was done in the hall, bath and where the new bath will be. The framing in the middle held the old plumbing and is plugged keeping odors from penetrating upstairs. Our bedroom is to the right. The ceiling truss will be raised to cathedral.
The first photo above shows where the new closet and bathroom are. The red line inside the new bathroom is where we ended and will pick up from there. We found out that there was a fire and it was in the new bathroom area.
In order to build the framing for the bathroom wall the cement drywall was ripped out one rafter over. A piece of newspaper fell out of the wall with the date January 3, 1953 (the clipping is somewhere in this house).
The insulation was dried out (drenched during fire with fire hose water) with obvious smoke damage. Were there two separate fires upstairs? If there was it was at two different times? The insulation on the left is “older” and on the left a newer version similar to what you would see in homes today.
There’s also a noticeable difference in the quality of work done between the left (new bath area) than on the right (dressing/guest room). We thought the left side went through insurance and inspected but not on the right. But the mystery isn’t solved yet!
Besides that we were uncomfortable with the moldy insulation left inside and decided to rip out the walls in the dressing/guest room. This decision extended the project into the entire right side area of the stairway (see floor layout above) except the sitting area and walk-in closet.
After moving into the Charmer, Myrtle, my neighbor (original owner of 1926 bungalow) indicated the upstairs was remodeled when a divorced daughter moved back in with her two kids in the 70’s.
The Terpstra family were the original owners of the Charmer. Reviewing the 1947 photo I was surprised to see the staircase in the background since I thought it was done later. The original staircase was accessed from the kitchen and opened up in what is now our Master Bedroom.
As a result the picture clearly explained the difference between workmanship. The remodeling done (in new bathroom area) was by the Terpstra’s as their family quickly grew. The Charmer was built with only two bedrooms on the main floor. It was a very bare bones but quality work done.
As we continued to remove the cement drywall and…
Moving farther down while removing the cement board, insulation, rafters and 1 x 12 roofing became visible. The second above photo shows 1 x 6’s which met code unlike the 1 x 12’s. Then the other side was torn off.
As the upstairs demolition continued burnt and charred wood (inside 2 x 4 wood rafters) was exposed.
The burnt rafters were not replaced! Not only did they leave the smoke infested insulation but left the rafters. Charred wood fell off as soon we touched it.
Hopefully you can see that reinforcing wood was added to both sides of the original rafters BUT no new supporting rafters were attached securing the knee walls (red arrow and only 1 piece of wood) making this gable very unstable and unsafe. All of us were shocked that this gable is still standing.
Living in an climate that receives heavy snows the only way this gable still stands is because the gable is steep. So the snow would slide down the roof much easier and not resting long in this area.
We made the decision to rebuilt the gable correctly and add new insulation and drywall. Oh but wait there’s one more thing!
See that hole under the guest room window? While the cement board was being torn down the whole entire wall/insulation was filled with black ants!!!!!! We’ve had problems with black ants in our kitchen corner cabinet which is right by this window wall.
The truss braces (middle wood stretching from across) were raised in the master bedroom. The scope of the second demolition phase includes removing/raising in the new hallway and bathroom. Since the dressing room was demoed we decided to raise them too. So the entire upstairs will have cathedral ceilings.
This was another hit to our budget and we never expected to be rebuilding gables.
This is a good place to end and next I’ll share the upstairs demolition parts 3 and 4 soon.
Can I ask a favor? Please do not tell me how much I’ll love it when its done! I know I will, BUT, I feel as if the stress of going through the remodel is minimized! The project has left us cash strapped and stressed out! And this is where we’re at so its more comforting to know you can relate to what we are going through.
I know none of you meant it that way, how about when its all over, you can say “I told you so”.
Also sorry to all my blog friends for not visiting as much but this really has been all consuming!