Demolition and Reconstruction

Damage from a fallen tree limb during a storm brings major home repairs at the Evaul house. 

Add to that a house that’s over 100 years old, a leaky roof with several days of rain from the remnants of hurricane Lee, and we’re preparing for loads of fun. This is a crack  around our kitchen window on the first floor. The cabinets are separated from the wall. 

Another crack in our bedroom floor and extends down the back of the house where the limb acted like a claw hammer and pulled the outer wall away from the house. It’s hanging on by prayers and some sturdy nails. Plastic bags make good temporary insulation. We don’t go out that door to the balcony at this point in time.

It is  not an optical illusion.

 The stairs from our balcony are twisted and detached from the house.    


Yep, we have plaster lathing in the ceiling. We’re good at demolition but our attempt at plumbing failed. The drain still leaks. Hey, at least the ceiling isn’t sagging and sopping wet. Another item for the contractor’s “repair list.”

At the end of September the deck and the back of our house will be removed. Eventually, we’ll have a new kitchen, bedroom, roof, deck, and laundry room. Guess we’ll need a new ceiling in the dining room. Oh, and a new drain for the shower might be handy.

I’ll post pics as we get into full remodel mode. For now, we’ll pack most of our house as we prepare to live in some available corner. Stay tuned for dramatic photos as we discover unknown secrets within the walls of “this old house.”