Monday, June 25, 2012

Our Renovation ~ Removing the Addition Part 2

Our Renovation

Back in March we (I use that word loosely, really it was all Travis & his friends:)
removed the existing addition of our new/old home.

We planned from the beginning that the existing addition would be removed.
It was necessary to repair structural issues of the foundation in the back of the house.
We also decided it would be a great opportunity to make this home into what we hoped for.
  A 3 bedroom 2 bath cottage home in our hometown.
We decided that we would add a larger addition back on to the home & totally change the layout.

So, we got to work removing our existing addition.

Travis & Scott, a friend.

If I haven't mentioned it before.
My husband is part of a dying bread.
He is just a good ol boy at heart.
We couldn't have done all we are doing to this house without the help
of all of the great guys who have lend a helping hand throughout this project.

For any of you that don't know, a good ol boy & his toys can do just about anything.
If not, they will give it a heck of a try!


Here we go.
Enter the old tractor!  Ha!
Hmmm...Probably NOT!
Did it do the trick???
I'll let you be the judge.

And she begins to tumble.
My Aunt Tammy & my brother Michael
while I was near by with the same worried look.

While we all anxiously wait to make sure the entire house doesn't come tumbling down with her.
Actually it wasn't exactly that scary.
Okay, well there may have been a few moments...
Travis had strategically weakened the structure and detached the existing addition.
Remember he does do this for a living.
(Not normally with a tractor, but this project is all about budget.)
Then the real fun began...

My Uncle Jeff

Whew...what a relief!
It worked.
1 Addition down.
1 Main House still standing.
My proud husband.
Who will do just about anything to see that our dreams come true.
Love you honey!

Me & my sledge hammer.
Ha!  As if I did anything but snap photos!

Here is what the back looked like before.

Here is my tip for this post.
Do not try this at home;)
But if you do,
definitely remember to appreciate all the long hard work that goes into a renovation!
Always be thankful for any helping hand!

I will continue try to catch you up to speed on our renovation.
I hope to get you to the present day soon.
I'm a little behind as you can see.


  1. That looks like fun if you weren't so worried about the main house part tumbling down as well!

  2. I can imagine some changes from March to now . . . Thanks to you for bringing us along to watch the renovation for the new . . .

  3. can't wait to see what the house will look like!

  4. Carrie,

    This looks like it is going to be amazing! I can't WAIT to follow along. My favorite line was...."and the main house is still standing" LOL!

    Happy Fourth!

  5. Wow! That's awesome! (and definitely not something I would try at home! lol) I bet you were holding your breath! So glad for the successful start!


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