Sunday, March 25, 2012

Day 78: Taking it upstairs

I spent most of the weekend on the upstairs demolition while Es worked down below - first, taking out all the plumbing (meaning, sadly, no more toilet or shower at the house) and then starting the slow task of splitting rocks. (More on rock splitting in the post below. For those not reading Norwegian, we need to split some big rocks in the former crawlspace so that we can remove them. In addition, we will split some of the rocks that hold up the outer walls of the house, so that they do not protrude into the house. This way we can lower the floors a little. Es found an wedge set online. He drills holes into the rocks, inserts the wedges, and then taps down a peg into each with a sledgehammer until the rock splits. It's pretty amazing how simple and effective it is. But it is slow work). 

There weren't any pictures of the upstairs hallway on the announcement photos, so below are some "before" and "after" pictures. 

BEFORE: Laundry room

BEFORE: looking into the hallway from the bedroom
(As you go through the door, the laundry room is on the left 
and the bathroom on the right)

BEFORE (just barely): Upstairs hallway with entrance 
to laundry room on right


The plan is to have the future hallway in this space where the laundry room used to be, with an open "gallery" that looks down to the floor below. We're also now thinking to have 2 small bedrooms upstairs along with a large bath/laundry room, and have the "master bedroom" downstairs. But the goal for now is just to clear out the floor completely and then pretty much forget about it. The first floor gets priority when it comes to rebuilding. 

En stein er blitt til to

Ok så vi har tenkt å senke gulvet. Kanskje ett trappetrinn eller noe sånt. Takhøyden før vi begynte å rive var vel et sted rundt 235cm, det føltes ganske lavt. Under gulvet lå det en mengde store steiner, antakelig rester som ble til overs etter at grunnmuren var stilt opp. I tillegg er mange av steinene i grunnmuren så dype at et senket gulv ville måtte støpes inn mot steinene, med andre ord ville det bli en svær kuldebro. Ikke akseptabelt. Steinene må altså kløyves, for å få dem ut, og for å kunne senke gulvet. Tenkte lenge på vinkelsliper eller evt leid steinkutter til å gjøre dette med, men så kom vi over muligheten for å kile steinen i biter på gammelt vis. Dermed ble det innkjøpt kjempedyre steinbor og 10 ganske rimelige kilesett, du ser settene her:
Man borrer en rad med hull dype nok til at kilene får plass, smører fett på kilen, slipper bitene på plass i hullet og dunker lett (overraskende lett) på kilen, og abra kadabra; steinen deles i to! Fantastisk morsomt arbeide. 

 En stein er blitt til to!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Day 71: Just surreal

We accomplished so much this weekend. It started on Friday afternoon when Es rented a jackhammer and started on the cement floor in the back bedroom. Most of Saturday was spent with Es at the jackhammer and me hauling out as much cement and rock as I could manage with two hands and a couple soft plastic buckets (like this one - they are incredibly practical to have around). We went on to pull out all the floor beams on the ground level and start clearing out the knubb, brick, and rock that littered the crawl space. Today I continued with the clearing (making a very nice rock pile in the process) while Es took out the rest of the floor construction in the entryway. We wrapped up the weekend by starting in on the upstairs. Yes, the upstairs is now officially part of the renovation project. And it's probably worth mentioning that we are now completely rethinking the future layout of the house. It was bound to happen. 

You can see in the photos directly above/below that the partition 
walls are gone - mostly (Es pulled them down earlier in the week)

With the floor gone, the house looks completely surreal. We keep joking about building a fire pit in the middle of the living room. Throwing up a tent in the former bedroom. It's hard to believe that from the outside, the house still looks like this:

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Day 64: Slacking

This weekend was not very productive, but we have a couple things to show for ourselves. First, we pulled up the kitchen floor. We found the ground filled with big, cut rocks, the purpose of which we can only speculate about. We also found the base beam that sits under what used to be the outer wall of of the kitchen (bunnsvill) is rotten. It's the same story in the beams under the existing outer walls. Overall, not a good find. These were not something we were planning on having to replace. Finally, we cut all the wood removed from the floor over the last two weekends so that it fits in the van/trailer and can be (reluctantly) dumped.* And when I say we, I mean "I" as in me - Liz. Yes, I picked up a circular saw for the first time on Saturday and cut that wood like it was second nature. (As you might tell, I'm quite proud of this). And since I managed to do the job and still have all 10 digits, I think it was a success. 

Below are some pics from today.

(It was obviously too much of a pain to remove this bit of outer 
panelling before filling the floor with concrete) 

* It pains us a little to dump so much wood that could perhaps be reused in the rebuilding process. However, it would need a lot of refinishing work to be rendered into useable material, and neither of us is too inspired to commit to that job. We have, however, saved the majority of ceiling panels and hope to reuse those. 

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Day 57: Tearing it up

Pictures speak louder than words this week (read: Too exhausted to provide a commentary this week, but what we lack in words we make up for with photos).

Above: This bedroom was built on top of the former terrace in the 1950's 
The floor here is concrete

Above: The original instigator behind this renovation.
We knew the floor was rotten when we bought the place.
This jack supports a sagging floor beam.