Now that I've purchased the home, it's time to start tearing things up! Demolition started small and grew quickly, as the number of problems behind the walls and under the floors manifested themselves. I could have done a quick update, but the floors would have been very uneven, the low ceilings with popcorn would have remained, and generally the house would not look particularly original OR new.
I decided to really tear things apart and rebuild the right way. This means tearing out all of the walls so I could re-insulate, install new plumbing, HVAC, and electrical wiring. It also meant tearing out the substandard foundation and flooring on the entire West side of the house. As you can see in the picture of the fireplace, the flooring, joists, and supports are completely gone.
This bathroom will remain, but I'm going to change the entrace from where the picture was taken to the left side, near the toilet. There will be a second bathroom added to make the house more modern.
Below is all that remains of the fireplace. There is a hole in the roof where it used to protrude. The remaining bricks will be removed soon.