While we are in the waiting period with the City of Portland to fully tear down the house (and because we are on a budget and trying to do a lot of the teardown work ourselves to save money), we are slowly dismantling it from the inside out. By “we” I mean my husband so far 🙂 He is getting it to the point where it is safe for us to have the kids with us while we work, but we had to send out for asbestos and lead tests before we felt ok with them being in the property. I actually can’t wait to get in there and work hard on this house! As you can see in these pictures, it’s a TON of dirty, hard work!
Some photos of the beginnings of the demo process. We had to board up any openings into the house after some less than pleasant experiences, sadly.
Even though the lot will be demolished and at some point we will need an excavator to dig up all the debris and basement, we want the soil to remain as uncontaminated as possible. Josh put down plastic where he is carefully tearing out the vinyl siding, so debris will fall onto it instead of onto the soil.
At some point vinyl siding was installed over the original wood siding, which is still in pretty good condition! This will get removed by hand and donated to The ReBuilding Center here in Portland so it can live another life in another home!
The stack of items to donate so far, which Rebuilding Center will come pick up. They will take any trim boards, lumber, etc over five feet in length, and they will also take our windows and cabinets! We are so glad these won’t be crushed by an excavator and thrown in a landfill!
The lot is pretty big and we are building an L-shaped house to maximize the number of rooms that look to the backyard. We plan to have a giant garden and chicken area again, like we had in a previous house. I really really REALLY miss growing my own food and having chickens, and I just know the boys will be so glad to have that again, as they are enamored with gardens.
This whole process has been so fun to share with our boys, and I hope they keep the memories of being a part of building their house forever!
I’ll be sharing the design process next- it’s been a LONG journey of drawing out our dream house!