The Sheridan House: First Floor Layout Change Planning and Demo

It has been a rough past month for me in terms of getting things done on the house. Unfortunately my grandmother passed recently. She was in her nineties and her health had been declining for some time. She had lived a long and full life; she raised a family of seven, watched her grandchildren grow up, and even got to meet many great-grandchildren. She had a career as a nurse caring for the elderly and later volunteered with hospice. She even found love after the passing of her first husband, my grandpa, and married again at 83. While it is sad that she is gone, she enjoyed the long full life, complete with its struggles, that many of us hope for.

With the funeral we had a lot of family in from out of town and even the pleasure of hosting some cousins at our place for a couple days. This meant at least three days of furiously cleaning the house, which I had been neglecting for some time. Thank goodness my mom came out and helped because, otherwise, I am not sure I would have been able to get it all done. Despite the circumstances, it was really wonderful to see everyone. We had a great time catching up and seeing some folks we hadn't seen in ages. The following week things calmed down a bit, but as an introvert, I was left feeling entirely depleted. Then, sure enough, I came down with a sinus infection, which has morphed into a cold, and now here I am a boogery, feeling sorry for myself, mess.

While I haven't been feeling up to par and have thus done jack-shit on the Sheridan house, J was able to start a pretty big phase of the project. One of the issues we had with the building was the first floor layout. Specifically the first floor bedroom situation. While there were 3 bedrooms (awesome!), they were three tiny bedrooms, one being a minuscule 80sf with the saddest excuse for a closet you have ever seen (not awesome). People these days need more out of their bedrooms, specially if they are going to be sharing an apartment with a roommate. The rooms need to be big enough to accommodate not just a larger bed, but also storage furniture and maybe a desk for quiet work space. The best way to accomplish this was to cannibalize the center bedroom and turn the three bedrooms in to two.

Original Layout

Original Layout

Proposed Layout

Proposed Layout
Framing Diagram
Framing Diagram

I had put together the drawings to submit to the city planning department and J got the required permits. Over the past weekend he enlisted the help of a good friend of ours and they got to work demoing the existing walls. Next will be getting ANOTHER dumpster to clean up the mess and putting up the new partition wall. One thing we are starting to accumulate a substantial stash of is hundred year old lumber. The stuff you get today doesn't come close to the quality and strength of the lumber that was used back then. Problem is was are running out of places to put it. It is just piled up in corners of the basement right now. I am definitely not going to throw it away. Does anyone know of anyplace that buys vintage lumber? I suppose I could always list it on Craigslist, but I would love to hear any suggestions that you might have.

Demoed Space
Demoed Space
Demoed Space

While all this has been happening, our plumber has been consistently chipping away at all the work that needs to be done with that. The water meter has been installed, a lot of the pex and new drains have been run, and the hot water heaters are being installed soon. We are going to be changing the bathroom layouts a bit so I had to source slightly smaller bathtubs. The first one was easy but for the second I had to drive all the way out to Grand Rapids. Which actually made for a nice day trip. I am hoping to feel better soon so I can get back to the million other things that I need to be doing. Also, if you are looking for a 5ft clawfoot tub hit me up. We have two we need to get rid of.

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