Click if you need to catch up on Demolition 1 and Demolition 2. Continuing today with the upstairs remodel demolition part 3. Also, in addition, the “Why Did I?” part! Also uncovered during the demolition Part 2 was a fire located in the new bathroom room area. Or so we thought!
We uncovered the original 90 year old wood during the demolition part 2. With the first lifting of the vinyl floor off we knew a fire had been in this area. The smoke damage was evident but no actual burn damage was seen.
As a result, the entire upstairs vinyl floor was removed hoping the original flooring would be throughout the upstairs.
Next the vinyl flooring, just outside new bathroom area (red dotted line), started to be ripped up.
About 4 feet from the bathroom wall (new hallway) we found something unexpected again. Remember we found the roof fire damage and thought the smoke came from the roof and cause the smoke stains. But, as we uncovered more flooring..
We found were the fire started. Behind the area where the furniture is sitting is our walk in closet. Then just inside the closet, in the inside left wall, is the top fireplace stack in our living room below. The fire stated in the fireplace and continued up into the closet and quickly spread up the walls reaching the roof and where the floor damage is the worse.
The oak flooring (right side) ran all the way back to the outside wall and the left side was replaced with 1×12’s. Gambling on the floor however didn’t work out! Oh why did I! The original oak flooring continued all the way down on the right side
Besides that the hallway was in bad condition since a previous hard wood floor was laid over. Vinyl tile was not used in the hallway since and the oak planking continued up from the staircase to the hallway. HUGE nails were used to secure the flooring down?
The black arrows shows more of the oak flooring (old bathroom area) and the green arrow is where our bedroom is. The white arrow shows an area that had not been stained indicating it was an original wall. But we can’t figure out why a wall would be in the middle of the hallway across to the other outside wall?
To have a fire in January during Illinois most frigid weather would been very difficult. It makes sense the fire started (no evidence of fire damage downstairs since original ceiling still in tack) from a fire trying to warm the Charmer’s inhabitants. The wall was probably removed when the fire occurred in January, 1956 from the news-clipping stuffed in the wall.
Next the master bedroom flooring was ripped up and it started out looking good.
Until we found this with 1×12’s (same found throughout the fire) when we realized this was the original opening from the stairway in the kitchen. Yes, this is how we’ve been living the last 11 weeks. Can’t tell you how many times my foot almost got stuck in that hole that is larger than it looks. With the weather being hot we’ve been using a floor air conditioner to cool us off.
After all the walls were demoed, in over 90° weather, it was stifling up there. There was nothing keeping the HOT weather from pouring through the roof .
The remaining vintage oak flooring in the guest room will be used to patch the hallway and the hole in our master bedroom. New oak flooring will be purchased to fill in the area with the 1×12’s. UGH!
I did forget to mention when the wall demolition was done the we found “cubby holes” at the knee wall sections. These area will be converted into build in storage spaces that is so badly needed at the Charmer. There will be three in the bathroom and the one above in the guest room.
When we first found the original oak flooring we were thrilled…but now I’m asking myself the question “Why Did I” need to go farther? Why didn’t I just stay with the flooring in the bathroom. I guess the saying “curiosity killed the cat was true”!
Gosh this decision has lead to our budget increasing even more and extending the project length..12 weeks and counting.