May 12, 2018 – Completing the porch roof demolition allows us to remove the concrete porch slab. Today we began this process with an electric jackhammer. Very quickly we discovered that there were actually two layers of slabs.
The first slab layer is inside the frost wall. Because it is not attached correctly to the frost wall, over time it settled. To overcome the settlement a second slab was placed on top of the first slab. This second slab contained chicken wire which proved more difficult to remove.
At the end of the day the only remaining concrete slab was a section located at the living room door. We will remove this at a later date.
Next weekend the plan is to remove the wood stove from inside the cottage. Hopefully, our demo subcontractor can be haul it away with the concrete rubble pile and the frost wall.
May 4, 2018 – Chimney demolition today. The demolition consists of breaking up and removing the concrete block and the the terracotta flue liner. This demo needs completed in advance of the porch roof removal. We will haul away the debris from the chimney after we break up the concrete porch slabs.
Several years ago I rebuilt this chimney. As I was tearing the old chimney down, I discovered a hole in the flue pipe at the stud wall. The oak plank wall sheathing was burned and looked like charcoal. Surprisingly, the cottage hadn’t burned to the ground.
Using a hammer and chisel I made quick work of the chimney demolition.
April 21, 2018 – Met with the Bratton Township Codes Enforcement Officer this morning. We got the demo/building permit paperwork completed and have the building permit in hand. Let the demolition begin.
Since we didn’t have any subcontractors lined up for the outside work yet we started the demolition on the inside of the kitchen.
Here are the before and after photographs of the beginning of the kitchen demolition. The chimney demolition should follow in short order.