A few weekends ago, the sledgehammers came out and some old built-in storage came down.
The old storage was crazy huge. It was basically floor-to-ceiling cabintetry on one side and then open shelving on the other. But it was in a weird spot. Here is how it looks from above (yo, this is totally not scale, although for some reason instead of focusing on scale I tried to appropriately depict color with my black dining table, peanut butter colored couch, gray coffee table, and really ugly brown fireplace).
So as you can see in that lovely rendering, the floor-to-ceiling storage unit divided the window seat area in the living room from the area leading to the doors to our deck, right next to our dining room. The living and dining rooms are fairly open to each other, so this one closed-off area really didn’t fit in. And it mega-blocked our view from the kitchen to the window seat area (also known as a frequent kid trouble-making area because they knew we couldn’t see them). But also because of its middle-of-the-house location, that storage unit ended up as a dumping ground for all sorts of things, like kid stuff on the open shelves and kitchen and other random stuff in the closed cabinets.
So. Much. Stuff. Seeing all this prompted lots of cleaning and lots of trips to the Goodwill. Getting rid of stuff is just so freeing. As for what’s left, there’s not a ton of it. Some of it went into the kitchen and some of the kid stuff went into the basement in preparation for my playroom plans. It was great to see all the open storage before tearing it down.
But before the sledgehammers, we called up our structural engineer. With his approval (and one interim demo visit), we got rid of that entire storage unit.
While these pictures don’t do the area justice, it took several weekends and lots of work to get the area down to one major support post with all the other junk cleaned up. We don’t yet know how we’ll handle the support post – whether it will be drywalled or if we’ll do a wood surround. Or something else. And you’ll notice we also have a floor, drywall, lighting, and lots of other stuff to deal with in here – no rest for the wicked.
Overall, it felt good tearing that thing down. Well, except the part about our really sore muscles and a wound to M’s face due to a flying piece of wood. But other than that, it rocked. Next up: more demo – window seats and cabinets below the tv, I’m talking to you.
So anyone else go crazy with some sledgehammers? Or go for a tear-down without an official plan to re-build? Yep, we’re crazy like that.