Posted by: cdpenne | March 30, 2010

Moving in Day- yeah right!

Actually start of the demolition

Here comes the dust!

In our addled brains, we thought we could just clean things up a bit, and move right in, leaving the restoration chores for a time when we had funds and time.  Well, under the carpet was asbestos linoleum tile and chipping lead paint.  The cabinets in the kitchen were so foul they went straight to the dumpster.  The basement was still full of garbage, decades old canned food items, and rat carcasses.  It quickly became apparent that there was only one person who was going to be moving in- me!  And I was going to be sleeping on an air mattress, boiling water for coffee on a hot plate, and spending all my time away from work demolishing most of the interior.



  1. I admire your tenacity and vision–seeing the house for the way it could look and not its appearance when you bought it, which, by the way, would have sent me running a mile in the opposite direction.

    • Well, I’m not sure we saw much more than a house we could qualify for and start living together again. But thanks for the vote of confidence.

  2. Unlike the above response I’m always intrigued by “what can be” but don’t know if I have the patience to go that far. And someone I live with would be at least a mile away:)

    • The jury is still out on that one, but maybe one of us should have been wearing running shoes 😉

  3. I’m just blown away by the restoration pics I’ve seen. Your skill and vision are admirable. Perhaps, money and time permitting (an invitation requisite, of course), a road trip to Seattle this summer could happen.

    • Hey Matthew, a visit from you would be great!! Just figure that you have a standing invitation. We have a spare room and it is actually one of the rooms which is more or less finished.

  4. I’m looking forward to seeing updates on the progress

  5. please be careful. Asbestos is soooo dangerous.

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