Day two of the kitchen demo gave us a glimpse of how the final remodel will look, as the drywall was torn out of the areas where the wall is being removed! It’s a nice excitement bump to help offset the thought of washing our dishes in the bathroom tub.
I got some nice panorama images stitched together in Photoshop, which distort the space size a bit but show the overall state of things much better. In the image below you can see where we are removing the top half of the left two walls. The distant short right wall will be removed completely, and the counter/cabinets will cap off nicely instead.
This is a wide shot from the other side (making the kitchen itself look a bit small!). The open space I’m standing is is where we keep our pub table, right next to the sliding glass doors. The living room opens up to the right. Behind the plastic in back you can sort of see the fireplace, where a new wood burning insert will be installed next week.
The yellow beam (below, top right) will be extended across the top where the wood blocks are now, and the rest of this wall and door framing will be removed completely, other than the half height wall on the lower right.
The ceiling in all the surrounding rooms has a nice high slope to it, and we are removing the drop ceiling to push up to match the rest of the house. You can see the difference gained between the two rows of boards.
And finally, the floor was covered in strata of historical evidence. I had hoped to find a bag of gold doubloons or a hidden deed to land in downtown Seattle, but instead we found three layers of linoleum from the 50’s/60’s, and three layers of various tiles after that! It will be nice to have the kitchen floor height match the other rooms now. This image shows the strip-down to the original floor boards, and some of the black papery stuff on top.