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Getting Serious

April 28, 2013

We’ve been pretty lazy about getting work done on our house lately.  The distraction of our new car, and the realization that we might be staying in Pasadena for at least a years longer than we originally planned have both made us a bit lax.    However, Alex’s parents are both coming to visit for a week to help out – and that means we need a real project to work on.  So, spurred on by the knowledge of coming aid, we decided to take a big leap:  we’re finally going to tear down our laundry room and replace it with a second bathroom / laundry / closet.

The photos below show the current state of the laundry room: embarrassing.




We’ve been avoiding this project for a number of reasons:

  1. it’s expensive, and we don’t know if it will pay off
  2. getting permits from the city is a lot of work
  3. we won’t have any washer/dryer during the renovation – which may take months
  4. tearing a room off of your house -however ghetto – is terrifying

Despite our reservations, we began the process of pulling permits last week, and we started the demolition this weekend.  There is no going back now.

Below, on the right is the floor plan for the new space (slightly larger than the old space).  For comparison, the current floor plan is on the left.  The new space will have a master bathroom (connected to the back bedroom), a small “walk in closet”, and an alcove for our stacked washer and dryer.   The door that currently leads to the deck outside will be gone.


Below: to remove the window frames, Alex had to take out the plaster around each window.


Below:  After Alex screwed in some plywood over the closet door to prevent dust in the bedroom, he was stuck inside the closet.  The only escape; a “coolaid man” break through the back wall.


Below: the state of the laundry room as of today.  A demolition crew will come out this week to demolish the rest, including the roof and foundation.  They will also be pouring a new foundation.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Spencer permalink
    May 1, 2013 7:31 PM

    Awesome! Does it still have the car jack holding up the floor?

    • May 1, 2013 8:35 PM

      Yes! At least it did until the whole thing got demolished today. I think our contractor may have taken the carjack home with him….

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