I have to admit that I have some feelings of guilt that we are demolishing the house instead of restoring it. But now that we are finding new homes for many interior and exterior parts I’m feeling less guilt! Here are pictures of some items that I’m saving for myself and hopefully they can be used in the new home.

Copper sink from pantry







Closet doors









Wood counter from pantry














Brass Hardware






I’d like to be able to put one or two of these tiles in a frame.










There have also been a few interesting finds along the way!

Top part of an old highchair found in a crawlspace.







3 or 4 layers of different wallpaper from behind the hall radiators.








This “old house” is teaching me quite a lot. This is an experience that I will probably never have again in my lifetime, so I’m taking it all in! Hopefully the “new house” will take on some of the old soul from the”old house”.

All You Need to Know About Demolition and Then Some!

The house is a total disaster now!  There are holes in floors and walls. Metal (like radiators and  cooper pipe) is being removed for scrap. Kitchen cabinets, doors, toilets, and sinks are are going to be recycled. If someone else can use those things it would be a crime to put all that in a landfill! I’m keeping some doors, old lights, an oval cooper sink from the pantry, some brass hardware, and a wood counter.  I’ll post some pictures of what I’m keeping in the next post. Want to have some of the old house in the new, otherwise the new house will seem too new for me. And it would be cool to say – “that sink is from the old house”!

Here are the steps required by our town in order to receive a demolition permit:

1. Shut off and disconnect service for gas, electric, and water

2. Get written verification from utility companies that above was completed

3. Have the house baited for pests, insects, and vermin (yuck!) And a letter that verifies this was completed

4. Have an asbestos survey completed (asbestos is very expensive to remove!)

5. Get permit from town for disconnecting and capping of sanitary sewer

6. Get a survey

7. Write a letter saying that we do want to have our home demolished (can you imagine if someone was out of town and came back to a demolished home!!)

8. The town will send someone out to independently verify all disconnections were completed before they issue permit

9. Must promise that all debris and rubble will be removed and properly disposed. And promise that all holes, excavations, and  depressions will be filled in (I think they saw the size of the old pool!)

10. Write a check for $400 to apply for the permit!

AND then hopefully one will be granted.

At this point a demolition contractor can come in and do his work! We have hired our contractor to take care of the demolition. I started the process but it was a bit overwhelming. He has the experience and the contacts to complete the job in a timely manner (I hope – fingers crossed!).