What a mess! Part Deux.
Saturday, August 21, 2010
The whirlwind wedding week is over and I am back to work, but the hardest work is at home. We had a fireplace guru come look at our mess of a former fireplace and he suggested taking the whole thing out from the chimney on down. Soooo, we spent last night and this morning on the roof chopping through all the mortar and brick and have taken it down to ceiling level. I should explain that our house was built in 1958 with a low vaulted ceiling under a rubber membrane roof. There is basically NO INSULATION up there! Really handy when it’s 40 below.
This afternoon and tomorrow we will continue to chisel inside the living room. Needless to say, we have a hole in the ceiling six feet by three feet. Sure hope it doesn’t rain!
This little home improvement project has by far surpassed what we thought it would take—both in intensity and in cost. But we keep a picture of what we’d like it to look like handy so we can keep our eyes on the prize. I am sure that the reconstruction phase will go a lot smoother than the deconstruction phase. Or am I just the eternal optimist?