Sunday, January 29, 2012

Day 23: Pulling up the f***ing parquet

Spending two full days hunched over the floor pretty much sucks. Es pulling up floorboards; me pulling out the nails from the floorboards (we're saving them). But after after about twelve work hours, the parquet is gone! We're now down to the original (?) floor in the living rooms. We assume that under this layer are just the beams and open crawl space. Or hoping I should say. 

Es' parents came down on Saturday to help (bless them). They stripped the floors and walls of the back bedroom. A solid wood floor was hiding under two layers of laminate and vinyl flooring. The picture below is looking through the old doorway that used to be between the two bedrooms. The doorway in the corner (barely visible with the shadow) was there when we started; it leads to the kitchen annex. This bedroom was built in the 1950s as an add-on, explaining why the walls are not knubb. 

The knubb wall that you see on the right side of the picture above was the outer wall of the house before the new back bedroom was built. The exterior paneling was left intact, as you can see on the left side of the picture below. The picture below was taken from the back bedroom, looking towards/through the old doorway that used to join it to the front bedroom. (Which by the way used to be a window before the new room was built. Follow?) 

The picture above was taken standing in doorway of the front bedroom, looking through the old door (and former window) between the bedrooms. So the window in the center of the picture is in the back bedroom.

We didn't work a lot on the kitchen this weekend. But earlier in the week Es pulled up the styrofoam blocks that were sitting on top of the rock fill in the kitchen annex (under the concrete that was pulled up last weekend).  

His parents also pulled down the plasterboard that was covering the outer wall of the back bedroom. Again, found exterior paneling here. The kitchen annex (current gravel pit) was built in 2004. Before then, the back bedroom wall was actually outside.

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