Let me show you what it originally looked like when we bought our home (these images are from when the previous owner lived in the home):
|The fireplace and brick wall were added in the early 1980s. The fireplace is clad in unfinished Carrara marble. It is actually really beautiful but it didn't match the brick walls and gray faux wood wall paneling.|
The walls were clad in gray faux wood paneling with strips of stainless steel. Also, the floor was gray ceramic. The floor was passable but we didn't have any extra tiles to mend the spots where we extended the opening into the old kitchen and where we removed the bar (image below). Notice all the large boxes along the ceiling. These held the water heater pipes but since the house was converted to electric heaters these could also be removed.
|A closer look at the bar.|
We began the renovation in January- not an ideal time to start renovating in Montreal because of the cold winters but we couldn't wait to get this done. With a dumpster down my driveway the demolition began.
|The first thing to go was the brick wall. Heavy but easy to demo. Once the top row of bricks was removed the others came apart with little effort.|
|Then the bar was removed and we found a piece of the original wood floor. I wish they hadn't tiled- it would have saved us a lot of cash!|
|We then removed the walls and I took a little break to chat on the phone:)|
|Then the stucco ceiling came down. Because we removed the boxes along the ceiling and also the arches above the bar, we would have had a difficult time matching the stucco.|
|Tony hard at work!|
|Me hard at work!|
|And finally, the floors were jack-hammered. The tile floor was laid on a 4-5 inch layer of sand coat. We removed everything in order to build a wooden sub-floor on which to install wood floors.|
|A wheel-barrel and buckets are a must for demolition. Really helpful in moving stuff to the dumpster.|
|It took about two days to demo the room and at the end I was very happy that all the ugly was gone!|
Tomorrow's post will chronicle the rebuilding and the selection of materials.
Check back soon:)