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Monday, April 28, 2014

What goes up, must come down...

Finally, FINALLY we are moving forward with our garage addition and progress is being made.  On wednesday the dumpster was delivered and our carport and side porch were torn down.  This has been such a long time coming (7 years!) that I can't believe it's actually happening.

This space between the side of the house on the left and the brick wall on the right will be part of the future kitchen and mudroom in phase 2.  For now, the walls will be framed and the floor raised so it is level with the current kitchen.
 I took these pictures the day before the dumpster was coming, so the porch was cleared out (besides the kids toys and saw) and the plywood was in the carport for the dumpster.  

I transplanted a few plants and our GREAT neighbors took some grasses, irises, and lilies to plant in their yard for the time being.

Around 7:30 Wednesday morning the dumpster was delivered.
Our incredible framer neighbor (he built our shed, framed our basement, installed our atrium doors and helped turn our two bedroom house into three) came up and tore everything down by himself.  
Within just a few hours, our house looked like this...

He also took down the header on part of the carport, 2 brick columns and cleaned everything up by 3:00.  

The next day, our full dumpster was hauled away and a new one was delivered. I left for work and when I came home Kevin had the entire carport and porch removed, cleaned everything up and the dumpster was already picked up.  He's amazing!

Sunday, my husband and father in law put up temporary Tyvek and downspouts since the forecast is calling for 4 straight days of rain!  The next step is to dig and pour the footers, which my husband hopes to get done this weekend.

It's incredible how much smaller our house suddenly seems.  The porch and carport weren't even livable space, but they did make our house seem larger.


  1. Wow, I bet that is so exciting!! And I am impressed that your framer was able to get all of that done all by himself in 2 days!

    1. So were we! We are so lucky to know him and have him help us out on so many projects. It also helps that he only lives a few doors down :)