Quick update. We’re still tearing away the useless bits and preparing to replace them with new. A few pictures to tell the story.
Solid wood kitchen cabinets for dirt cheap, from the local ReStore:
Used cast iron sink and nice dining table, both really cheap, same place:
Walls are mostly gone, old cabinets coming out. The right wall opening will become a doorway, but I have to build a header for it.
The new doorway from a different angle. It was a pass-through kitchen counter, poorly framed (this is a weight-bearing wall). The old doorway (left) will get framed in, providing a corner for the kitchen. Much improved traffic flow and more counter space.
Old cabinets are gone. Notice also the underlayment is removed, exposing the diagonal subfloor boards. Very nice older building style. We will lay prefinished hardwoods directly over this.
By the way, if you’re looking for cheap hardwoods, try reallycheapfloors.com. They have prefinished utility grade flooring for $0.99/sqft. It’s a lot of shorts and culls, but a significant portion is usable.
The basement has been mostly gutted. The wood pieces went in a giant bonfire. On the one hand I hate to see the “fuel” being wasted. But on the other hand this was paneling, OSB, old rotten boards, and 2x4s full of nails. Getting it through a gasifier would have been way too much work.