There is no turning back now--work on our family room addition officially started yesterday! I'm a ball of stress because I don't deal well with messes and this is MESSY!! And as of now the mess is only in the yard...I don't know what I'm going to do when the mess moves inside! Ugh!
Here is the back of our house before we started any demo. Excuse the overgrown ferns--I've since trimmed them back. Spring definitely hasn't sprung here yet!
Our addition will take up the area previously occupied by the little deck and the patio--basically we're bumping out the backwall from the lower left corner of the house over to just past the sliding door. The window on the left is in our family room (teeny tiny family room!) and the slider is off of the breakfast nook. We're adding about 270 square feet to the house in the family room and breakfast nook.
We demolished the deck ourselves to save some of the labor costs and we'll also be painting the interior and exterior of the addition.
We found someone's old nasty shoes under the deck. How gross!! They were all the way up by the house, too. Blech!!
Yesterday our contractor started on his part of the job. Eight weeks from now, he'll be done. For right now, he's turning my yard into a mud pit! Right now I have a small bulldozer parked in my backyard, waiting for him to come back today and dig the foundation. Yesterday he removed the patio...which turned out to be six inches thick rather than the more typical 3.5 inches!
Handsome and Princess are enthralled by the digging, especially because they have front row seats! As for me, well, I'm worried about naptime! Yesterday I managed to get them started with nap while our contractor was taking our patio to the dump...but after an hour they woke up when a chain saw started in the backyard. Yikes!