Kitchen & Bath Demo
After doing a few walls myself I decided I needed to get some help. The demo work isn’t difficult, but the dirt and dust really take a toll on the sinuses. Here is a picture of kitchen with the demolition completed.
Demolition on this scale makes a house unlivable. The dust gets into everything and keeps settling for several days.
After removing the plaster, I went to the city to pull the permits for removing the walls and moving the plumbing. I thought removing the walls would be simple, but the city planner disabused me of this idea. The rule of thumb for taking out structural support walls is your header needs an inch of depth for every foot of span. In my case I have two spans to cover; one 12ft and one 8ft. The 12ft span requires a 14in header (it was a little over 12ft). This is problematic because the required headers would divide the space — which defeats the purpose of removing the walls.
Despite being disappointed about the news from the city planner, I’m glad I checked before removing the walls – disaster averted.
The windows present another challenge for my kitchen remodel. You’ll notice in the photo below that the headers are not to current code. As a result, moving and reconfiguring the placement of the windows will require a significant amount of work.