The ups and downs of renovating a house

…or two

Week 2: demolition continued and scaffolding

The house is looking decidedly different right now.  Not so much from the outside, though it is covered by scaffolding, but definitely in the inside.  We can now see the house starting to come down to the studs.  The original plan was to take down the wall paper (walls and ceiling…yes, wallpaper on the ceiling) and then skim and paint the walls.  Well, as the wallpaper came down, so did the walls.  The original plaster was in horrid shape, as were the slats underneath the plaster, which is not surprising as it’s from the 1920s.  We also got to see that there was little to no insulation in the ceilings.  We are going to be insulating between walls (sound proofing and retaining heat/cool in rooms) and then putting up some of the best insulation in the ceilings which are exposed to the roof (which would be the bathrooms on the first & second floors, office and the loft bedroom). Our house is going to be well insulated!

As it all came down, some interesting things came into show – an old bird nest in the ceiling of the office as well as a shirt stuck amongst the bits of insulation.



More pics can be found in my Flickr album: Golders Green house works.


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