A short but productive week (Week 5)

Old 5 inch floor boards

A short but productive week.  That's the best way to describe it. It rained half the day on Monday and all day on Tuesday, forcing our crew to shut down work and head home.  On Friday, John, our foreman, had to take the day off to prep food and pack for a family reunion that weekend. Rather than working at the jobsite Friday, Mark and I decided to work on some projects around our home that needed to get done. I continued cleaning beadboard for my bookshelf project.  It must get done so … [Read more...]

Taking Down the Old Place in Crockett

Siding removed from side of house

We are making very good progress with our Crockett project that we started in early January. The first step we take on any old home demo project is to remove all of the interior finishes (such as carpet, trim, drywall, and wallpaper) as well as the windows and interior doors. Removing drywall and wallpaper is easy and kind of fun. But, it's an incredibly filthy job. I've learned to hold my breath and close my eyes to prevent dirt, cobwebs, and who-knows-what-else from landing in my … [Read more...]

Old House Salvage Project, Week 1

Front of condemned house

A week ago tomorrow, we started deconstructing an old home about 70 miles from our home in East Texas.  The owner who hired us told us that the house was built in the 1800's.  He bought it with the intention of fixing it up and renting it.  Unfortunately, the foundation was too far gone and now the City has condemned the house. This is the first house we're taking completely down to the ground.  It's already been quite an experience and we're only just a week in. On the first day, … [Read more...]

A funny story on how we stumbled into the old house salvage mining business

Abandoned old home scheduled for demolition

On our way to Austin, we stopped at a little antique store in Crockett that is housed in a wonderful old building downtown. I Want That Door! In just a few short minutes after entering the store, I saw a GORGEOUS old door. (The old building obviously used to be a department store because the door had an etched glass panel with the words "Dressing Room".) The lady working there offered to call the owner for us, and she found out that the Dressing Room door wasn’t for sale.  (I hope that he … [Read more...]