The Side Hall is an extension of the
Reception Hall. This hall
houses the main staircase, entrance to the basement, a half bath and
a large hall closet. The half bath once served as a servant's
passageway to the front parlor. This hall is damaged well
beyond any hopes of repair. This will have to be demolished
small hallway leads to the side entrance of the house. We kinda
knew this was going to be a project within itself from the start.
Some time last year, we were leaving to go out to dinner when we walked
out the side door and closed it behind us, that is when we heard a large
crash. We opened the door to see that the a section of ceiling in
the side hall had collapsed onto the floor. We just shut the door
and went out to dinner.
Upon further investigation, it became
apparent that there had been a leak coming from the bathroom above for
many years. You could see where the walls had been patched
multiple times and the water had seeped through the repairs. The
walls were destroyed. So, it was time to remove the walls to see
how extensive the damage really was.
I kept removing rotted debris, and more
rotted debris! It was much worse than I had anticipated.
There were 4x4 timbers that made up the closet wall that were reduced to
a Styrofoam consistency. I was literally able to snap them in two
by just pulling on them. The debris pile just kept growing as the
day went along.
After cleaning up, I really was able to
closely examine the damage area. It looks as though the leak must have
been there for at least ten years! Once I was done removing all of
the rotted wood and damaged plaster, the path of the water damage
actually extended from the second floor bathroom, into the basement!
Subsequently, the flooring had to be
pulled up because the sub flooring was rotted and unsafe. From
this spot, if you look down, you can see the basement, if you look up,
you can see the bathroom on the second floor. Moral of the
story...if it leaks, fix it. It won't fix itself.
Okay, so we put in new subflooring,
oak flooring, then built all new panels and frames. Added a
new door, electrical, sheetrock and paint and finish.
And here you have it folks.
To see some really cool before and
after comparisons, go to the Before and After
Gallery. Pictures of this hall are part of the
Reception Hall Gallery
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