After deciding on a plan for our trash, it was time to start demo. I think this has to be one of my favorite parts of the renovation! I got to take my aggression out on the ugly basement by tearing down walls and ceilings using a baby sledgehammer and a crowbar (or "Big Carl" as we like to call it! If you watch CougarTown, you will get this reference!)
The first area we focused on tearing out was the old bathroom and hallway. We took care to not damage the toilet and vanity as we were planning on re-using those items. We would have reused the shower as well, but it was so tiny, so we decided to donate it to Habitat for Humanity. The drop ceiling was the first to come down. Make sure you wear a Tyvek suit and mask because there is plenty of dust and mouse poop up there! Sure, you will sweat like a pig and look like you belong in Breaking Bad, but you will thank me later! We bagged up all the ceiling tiles in construction sized trash bags and put them in the trailer for the dump.
|Tiny bathroom shower|
|Bathroom - After it was torn out. This will be the Mudroom.|
|Hallway with both walls removed|