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Vintage Life: To the Floor Joists

 

During the two month-long demolition phase of our 1920s bungalow renovation project, we discovered that the original pine floors, which we had planned to refinish, were actually completely dry-rotted due to a moisture problem under the house.  So not only did we tear the house apart to the studs, we went all the way down to the joists.

I don’t know why we didn’t take more photos of the house without any floors – I think we were too focused on trying not to fall while stepping from joist to joist.

It didn’t work though – I got a little too careless and ended up slipping off a joist and falling through. Yep, huge ugly bruises.

 

Greg stepped on the end of a board that suddenly became a see-saw – he ended up with a couple of broken ribs from falling right on the joist.  Bungalow 2, Aimee & Greg 0.

We did have to replace some rotten joists in the bathroom, kitchen, utility room and the family room.  Then we put down new, tongue-in-groove subfloors throughout the entire house.  Below is the front room with the new subfloor.

We also began to change the flow throughout the house by removing and building walls.  Below is a view from the front room toward the front bedroom.  We have closed up the door to the left side of the fireplace and made a new opening to the right side of the fireplace.

You’ll have to read the next blog post to find out how the flow will change as walls come down and new ones go up.

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Vintage Life: Look Inside the Bungalow 3

 

Thanks for joining me again as I show you around our 1920s bungalow renovation project.  We’ve already seen the outside, and looked around inside in part one and part two.  I left you standing in the family room with the outstanding avocado green and harvest gold patterned linoleum floor.  We were about to head out that door to the left to see the utility room and garage, so let’s go.

We believe this area was the original back porch of the house, as the walls are plank siding. It is possible this area may have been a  bathroom, as bathrooms were commonly installed on the back porch of houses of this era.

You’ve probably noticed the exposed wires running along the wall and the exposed plumbing. The whole house will need to be rewired for and re-plumbed for safety.  The floor is about to give way due to water damage and is quite moldy – don’t stomp your feet!

Continue through the door out to the garage and behold the black mold growing on the rafters.  This garage was an addition that the prior owner (shoddily) built over a poured concrete floor.  The door goes out to the driveway.

The window looks back into the utility room.  I really like that vintage blue enamel gamecock – I’m keeping him, but everything else out here has to go.

The door straight ahead goes out to a partially built bathroom that the prior owner never finished.  Go back through the door to the left, through the utility room, kitchen, and dining room.  I’ll meet you at the bottom of the stairs in the hallway.

The prior owner started quite a few projects, but didn’t seem to finish very many of them.  Converting the attic to livable space is a great idea, but it requires a staircase to get there.  The prior owner knocked through the hallway and used the space in the second bedroom’s closet to get there – that’s the seafoam green floor of the second bedroom you see to the right of the stairs.

He didn’t finish, but the prior owner had started to build a bedroom in the far area of the attic and was planning to leave space for storage on either side of the main area.

This room looks out over the front of the house to the front yard, and the brick fireplace goes right through the middle of the room.

Looking back out toward the stairs, we can see that the prior owner wasn’t very adept at hanging drywall.  Hmmm, what was he planning to do to about the ceiling?

He also made a little closet next to the bedroom. Unfortunately, he only used R17 insulation behind the drywall in the whole attic conversion project. In a hot climate like South Carolina, we’ll need to use R35 or spray foam insulation to keep the heat out.

Although converting the attic to livable space is a wonderful feature, the work has been so poorly done that we’ll need to pull it all down and start over. Luckily the stairs are well-built and will stay.

So now that you’ve seen the “before” photos – do you think we’re crazy? 

Be sure to stay tuned for the next blog post to see what happens next!

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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Vintage Life: Look Inside the Bungalow 2

 

So far I hope you’ve enjoyed the view of the outside and part one of the tour of the inside of our 1920s bungalow restoration project.  If you recall, we left you in the second bedroom with the green floor at the end of part one.  Now let’s walk back through the hallway away from the bathroom and past the stairs to the left.

You are now in the original dining room, which is painted the same startling yellow-gold hue as the front room with dark burgundy paint on the window casings, moldings, and original pine floor.  The room has an interesting hexagonal shape with three large windows.

The door to the right goes to the yellow-gold front room.  The windows look out over the dilapidated wheelchair ramp and driveway.  There is a pass-through window to the kitchen to the right of a burgundy wall, behind which is an original fireplace.

Now walk through the door to the left of that covered fireplace to reach the kitchen.

At first glance, the kitchen looks decent, but if you look closely, you’ll see white mold growing on the outside of the bottom cabinet to the right of the stove.  This mold completely covers the inside of the cabinets.  I’ll spare you a peak inside the cabinets, oven, and microwave – it is truly gag nasty.

 

More white mold beginning to show on the outside of the lower kitchen cabinets – the door to the left is to a large pantry.  Notice the original beadboard ceiling.

That’s the stove you see at the back of the photo, while the space below the 1970s vintage chandelier was used as a dinette area.

The refrigerator was on the long wall in the kitchen, with the far door to the left going to the pantry.  The door to the immediate left goes out to the utility room and garage, we’ll get to those.  Turn around now and you’ll see the wood-paneled family room, with a view out to the back yard.  I know you’re hoping we’ll be able to save that avocado green and harvest gold patterned linoleum floor.

Oops, looks like there was a fire – not going to be able to save that linoleum floor after all.  Turn back around and head out through the door on the left to the utility room and garage.  Take a moment to notice the water damage on the ceiling to the left of the fan as you walk by.

But that’s it for today. We’ll finish the house tour in the next blogpost with views of the utility room, garage, and the upstairs.

 Aimee owns EuroLuxAntiques.com with her best friend, Greg.  Aimee sources amazing antique furniture, vintage lighting, & high-quality reproduction furniture to help her customers decorate their homes in a unique way.  She loves her 8 (you read that right) fuzzy children and is renovating a 1920s bungalow in South Carolina.  Connect with or sign up to receive this blog in your inbox!

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