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Remodeling at Home

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Part 1

During the summer of 2004, we did some considerable remodeling at home.  It consisted of two major projects.  The first project was a total rebuild on the deck on the back of the house.  The original deck was demolished, and a new, larger screened-in porch was built in its place.  The other project was a replacement of flooring in three downstairs rooms, plus up the stairs and in the upstairs hallway.

I photographed the progress on these two projects periodically throughout the duration of the work.  That turned out to be seven different occasions.  I’ve grouped the photos by day, so that you can see the remodel as it happened.


– July 19, 2004 –

On July 19, the contractor for the deck had brought in their equipment (note the ladders in the yard), but that was about it.  Mom had prepared for the work on this particular day by removing all of our junk from the deck, as well as unbolting the large umbrella, which served as a makeshift covering over the deck.

On July 19, the contractor for the deck had brought in their equipment (note the ladders in the yard), but that was about it.  Mom had prepared for the work on this particular day by removing all of our junk from the deck, as well as unbolting the large umbrella, which served as a makeshift covering over the deck.


Before the work started, we had ivy growing around the bottom of the deck, the area was very much open air, and the deck had stepping stones leading to it.

Before the work started, we had ivy growing around the bottom of the deck, the area was very much open air, and the deck had stepping stones leading to it.

Before the work started, we had ivy growing around the bottom of the deck, the area was very much open air, and the deck had stepping stones leading to it.


We planted the ivy in 1992, and over the course of the twelve years that it grew around the deck, it definitely was prolific, as it ultimately crept over the boards on the top.

We planted the ivy in 1992, and over the course of the twelve years that it grew around the deck, it definitely was prolific, as it ultimately crept over the boards on the top.


The grill is located in the other corner, where many fine hamburgers and other foods have been cooked.  The grill would be moved by the contractor.

The grill is located in the other corner, where many fine hamburgers and other foods have been cooked.  The grill would be moved by the contractor.


Meanwhile, all the deck furnishings and plants were moved off the deck to the back of the backyard, well away from the work that was to go on.

Meanwhile, all the deck furnishings and plants were moved off the deck to the back of the backyard, well away from the work that was to go on.

Meanwhile, all the deck furnishings and plants were moved off the deck to the back of the backyard, well away from the work that was to go on.


– July 20, 2004 –

Demolition!  The contractor totally took out everything that was going to get taken out in one day.  The siding was removed from most of the back of the house (my sister described being awakened by this work).  The boards were all removed from the old deck.  Holes were dug for new posts.  The ivy was ripped out.  If it could be removed, it did on this day, with the exception of the light on the deck.  That stayed for a while longer.

Demolition!  The contractor totally took out everything that was going to get taken out in one day.  The siding was removed from most of the back of the house (my sister described being awakened by this work).  The boards were all removed from the old deck.  Holes were dug for new posts.  The ivy was ripped out.  If it could be removed, it did on this day, with the exception of the light on the deck.  That stayed for a while longer.


The only thing left was the framework for the old deck.  This was incorporated into the new structure.  The only thing left was the framework for the old deck.  This was incorporated into the new structure.

The only thing left was the framework for the old deck.  This was incorporated into the new structure.

The only thing left was the framework for the old deck.  This was incorporated into the new structure.


This is one of the holes dug all around the deck for the new posts to go into.  Those things made the land quite treacherous, since they were DEEP.  My fear was of accidentally stepping into one and breaking a leg.  It didn't happen, thankfully, but the mental image really kept me watching where I was going.

This is one of the holes dug all around the deck for the new posts to go into.  Those things made the land quite treacherous, since they were DEEP.  My fear was of accidentally stepping into one and breaking a leg.  It didn’t happen, thankfully, but the mental image really kept me watching where I was going.


This is the debris from the old deck.  This is all the boards, all the sides, the ivy, the latticework, you name it.  Everything that came off went into this pile, and got carted off.

This is the debris from the old deck.  This is all the boards, all the sides, the ivy, the latticework, you name it.  Everything that came off went into this pile, and got carted off.


Next to the pile of debris is the pile of wood to be used in the new structure.

Next to the pile of debris is the pile of wood to be used in the new structure.


The contractor put the doors for the new porch in the carport.

The contractor put the doors for the new porch in the carport.


Meanwhile, we got a new lawn ornament for a day!  Until they put the big posts where they belonged, they sat in the front yard, of all places.  They were kept slightly off the ground because they sat on two runners, but they still managed to mess up the lawn a little bit.  Nothing major, though.

Meanwhile, we got a new lawn ornament for a day!  Until they put the big posts where they belonged, they sat in the front yard, of all places.  They were kept slightly off the ground because they sat on two runners, but they still managed to mess up the lawn a little bit.  Nothing major, though.


In the driveway, in order to make movements easier for the contractor, we moved the Mustang out of the carport, and put it in the driveway.  Behind the Mustang, of course, is my car.

In the driveway, in order to make movements easier for the contractor, we moved the Mustang out of the carport, and put it in the driveway.  Behind the Mustang, of course, is my car.


The workers kept their equipment in the garage.  That worked out really well, since it protected their equipment from the elements, and was also out of our way.

The workers kept their equipment in the garage.  That worked out really well, since it protected their equipment from the elements, and was also out of our way.

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