Demolition: The great disassembly

Although the house has good bones, most of the interior was not salvageable. The structure was barely insulated (only on the south side of the upper floor). The wall paneling had started peeling off the studs. The interior was divided into several claustrophobic rooms. The woodstoves that had heated the place had long since disappeared.

Mike & Charlie gradually disassembled the interior, carting much of it off to the recycling center. The skeleton of the house is good, all solid pine and oak, in fine condition, and was carefully stored for repurposing.

upstairs south

upstairs north

The beadboard was carefully removed and stored. The unpainted back side is lovely, and we’ll remount it in the ceiling and on one of the new interior walls.


Unlike most modern houses, this house will breathe. The natural gaps between the siding will be maintained, wool insulation will moderate the heat or cold, and natural plaster will make up the interior walls.

south wall

A strangely constructed chimney served the woodstoves in the old kitchen and living room. The bricks will surely be reset somewhere else.


Much of the structural lumber will not only be retained, but will be exposed. The aged lumber (likely from the surrounding woods) has a warm and cozy feel, like an old bottle of scotch. The reflected sunlight is delicious.

rafter detail