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When we saw the tile out of the house this week, I was giddy! Progress was being made and our McDonald’s tile was gone. Let me tell you a little story about this tile…

We sold our old fridge to the person who purchased our last house. So when we moved into this house, we had to get a new fridge.

Side note: This house was built in the 1980’s and had low cabinets above the area for the fridge. Did you know there are literally only two different kinds of refrigerators that now fit in spaces like this? We decided on one and purchased it from Lowe’s since they were having an amazing 4th of July sale. (bonus points – they delivered it the same day!)

Back to the story…the two guys who delivered our fridge brought it in and set it all up without a problem. When one of the guys looked down to our floors, he made an off-hand comment that went like this, “oh great floor! Did you know that McDonald’s uses the same tile in their kitchens?” My reaction on the outside went something like this, “oh, really? That’s funny.” And on the inside, I was thinking something like this, “son of a. Get out of my kitchen, now!”

Fast forward 19 months and this is what the floor looks like now. I am ecstatic! Concrete floors are so much better than McDonald’s tile.

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Today was Day 5 of demolition. I’m counting Sunday as Day 1 since we did take a few shots in the wall and we had to tape everything up to protect it from the dust and debris that was about to start flying. I went by at lunch to check everything out…oh, and give our contractor a check for the wood floors. We are a chaos-living, check-writing machine right now!

This is what I walked into today. Holy moly! I knew it was going to be crazy and there would be a lot of dust but I wasn’t expecting an outdoor construction site. The hallways of our house are brick. Like, real brick. The patio that is in the front? It continues on inside and onto our hallways. Crazy!

This is the view from the corner of our living room, facing the front of the house. I can completely ignore the plastic-covered furniture, the torn up flooring and the dust everywhere because all I see is light. I’ve seen the light people and it is fabulous! The gray part of the wall in the right corner of the picture has never seen this much light. I love it!

It is so weird for me to see this second living room (aka Conner’s man room) as just a slab of concrete. The hallways were real brick, the kitchen was brick tile and the second living/dining rooms were carpet; aka three levels of flooring! Our contractor will be using plywood to level out the hallways to make them even with the other floors so we can have one continuous line of wood.

This is the heavy-duty, serious jack hammer that was being used when I walked in. It is one bad mother-shut-your-mouth and to be honest, I would love to try to use it! By try to use it, I of course mean take about 20 seconds to see how it would control me instead of me controlling it and then hand it back over to the professionals.

I loved seeing our “McDonald’s tile” out of the house! Have I told you that story? I’ll have to write a post about it this weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy a bacon, egg and cheese McGriddle as much as the next person who had too much fun the night before but in general with this flooring news, me = not happy.

The best news of the day was when I saw that our wood (specifically 2 1/4″ oak, stained antique brown) would butt up against, and be level with, our living room carpet. None of us had any clue what we would find until all of the floors were up so this is GREAT news! It reduces the amount of leveling we would have to do and there won’t be any transition pieces acting as a reducer from the higher floor to the lower floor. Instead, we will be using a normal, mini transition piece to go from one floor material to the next.

This is the view from the hallway leading to our bedrooms, looking back to the main part of the house. Tomorrow the contractors will finish tearing out this brick and get the house cleaned out. Saturday they will level the floors with the plywood and then start installing the wood floors on Monday – yes!

When I showed this picture to Conner, he had to figure out where he was in the house. Hah! We are still getting used to that wall being down and seeing the house with almost no flooring – so much different from Sunday morning!

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It is snowing outside right now and even though it might delay our house project, I would love a snow day tomorrow. We worked on the house all weekend and I’m exhausted!! I need a snow day to recoop. We did a ton of prep work to get ready for the real demo that will take place starting tomorrow but of course had to have a little fun for ourselves first.

We got a bunch of plastic drop cloths and covered everything we could to help reduce the amount of dust and debris that will be everywhere. I know that you can’t avoid it all but maybe we can help control it a little bit!

We didn’t want to have a bunch of boxes everywhere so the cabinets are still filled but are now covered to help dust from getting on plates, glassware, etc. Again, it might not be perfect but hopefully we keep a majority of the dust from settling on every little nook and cranny in the house.

Luckily our two extra bedrooms are pretty empty so we were able to fit most of our smaller furniture and decorative items in these rooms. It was a pain, but we did it as organized and arranged as possible. The drawers of the buffets were emptied, carried into the bedrooms, and then loaded up again so it wouldn’t be so chaotic and clustered in each room.

And now for the main event…

We took out a little agression on the wall coming down and it was a blast! I was proud of myself for swinging the hammer and not letting it fly away or hit anyone else. (I’m definitely not known for my ahtletic/coordination skills!) I didn’t use any video because we didn’t have a big sledgehammer so it wasn’t as dramatic as you would want to see but it was still a lot of fun with our regular hammer! The only tricky part was watching out for electrical wires and studs.

Once the first hole to the other side was made, I had to try and fit my face in the space. What a thrill to see little bits of light shining through! It makes me even more excited to see how open and light this space will be once the whole thing is down.

My brother, Chris, and his girlfriend came over for a little demo fun as well. They thoroughly enjoyed getting to whack away and make a mess. Maybe that’s why we were also having so much fun – the mess! It is going to get a whole lot worse so we didn’t have to clean anything up. My first reaction was to get a broom and start sweeping – I’m a clean freak!

Conner got home just in time to stick his face through the bigger hole that we had made. He took a couple of kicks to the wall and got out his frustrations from not getting to see the final day of the PGA Pro-Am today – hah!

This is how we left it…like that smily face? Chris had fun getting that one done. My mom came over and got some really good kicks in with her foot. She enjoyed it so much, maybe a little too much, and I wish I had gotten a picture! I know our contractor is really ready to get in there and do the main demo. He said it’s his team’s most favorite part of doing a project – I totally get that now!

If the roads aren’t too bad tomorrow, the wall will come down and the first layer of mud will be put on. Tuesday is mudding/texturing day 2 and Wednesday the demo on the floors starts! What a fun week. We will be taking lots and lots of pictures and I’ll update as much as possible. Pending no delays, this whole project (floors, wall, trim/casings, etc) will be finished in 3 weeks – I can’t wait!

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