[Something is Rotten on Dunwoody Street]
Hey Everybody, I’m back after a nice long break to give you an update on the “State of Dunwoody Street”, the Next Pretty Old House.
The work started before Christmas with a little lot of interior demolition of the kitchen and master bathroom. I think this is the second dumpster. That’s the old master tub in the corner. Anybody want it?
In the process of said demolition the subfloor was exposed and the framing of the exterior back wall and ceiling. You see, many years ago an addition was tacked on the back of the house –I say tacked as in tacky tacked. This addition houses the laundry, mudroom, master closet and master bath. Its great space and a real bonus to have, but not what we expected.
Here’s what we uncovered. That board under the threshold is rotten and the newer joists are just being held up by a couple of nails.
Do your eyes hurt yet? if so, skip to the end, this middle part isn’t pretty.
This is the ceiling. It isn’t supposed to look like this.
That dark spot is where water has leaked in and the wood is starting to rot.
A few years ago someone “renovated” adding new floor joists—good idea—but they didn’t replace the supporting band, just sort of nailed into the existing rot and covered the whole mess up. Can you see the sag?
They built a wall between the master bath and closet and attached it to this piece of rotten header. Nice huh?
This is over the bathroom window.
You can look now.
The breakfast room ceiling was torn out and we were able to raise it a few inches so the ceilings throughout the house are the same height—that’s a good thing.
it’s a little easier to see the new height in this picture of the master bedroom.
The exterior back wall was removed, reframed and rebuilt.
Here’s the outside during construction. The carpenters are rebuilding the roof. Before, the roof over the addition was too flat which encouraged all that leaking. This will be sooo much better.
Thankfully the deck is in good shape so it stays. It’ll need a serious pressure wash and staining, but it’s a nice size and well built.
The old addition looks so much better already with fresh stable floors, new clean rot-free framing and a new ceiling and roof.
Stay tuned for more updates–