So.... We have started demolition on the inside of the farmhouse. My husband was beyond giddy to get to swing a sledge hammer! He was like a toddler leaving a path of destruction throughout the house!
From the first time that I stepped foot into this house, I had two things that I was just itching to do:
Get the carpet up!
Uncover the fireplace!
I was hoping for hardwood floors and floor-to-ceiling brick on the fireplace. I only got 1/2 of my wish.
Under the carpet was hard woods - in decent shape! I hope that they can survive once the repair of the foundation is completed. Right now they are bowed with the rest of the house because of the foundation issues. I hope that they do not snap when we set the house back level again!
My next objective was to get the cedar paneling off of the fireplace. I just knew that I was going to pull back those bad boys and have marvelous brick all the way to the ceiling.
Whaa Whaa Whaa!
Who builds a fireplace like this?! At first I thought that the bricks just broke off over time and with the shifting of the house. Nope! No bricks in the wall. The only thing that we can figure is that the original builders knew that it was going to be covered up anyway so they didn't have to worry about making it pretty, just sturdy.
Oh well! I will just have to regroup and adjust! Who knows what I will come up with?!