Breaking Roof

A common phrase with new construction is “breaking ground.”  How apt, then, for the first project in our not-so-new house to be “breaking roof.”  Really, I think Mr. Fixer was just so anxious to finally get behind some power tools that he decided to go big or go home (I guess in this case, both!).  In all reality though, it was the perfect weather to tear out a chimney and put a giant hole in the roof, so that’s what we did.  We got some very curious looks from our new neighbors, but overall, I think they are intrigued by Mr. Fixer and I and simply glad that someone is finally taking care of this old house.

But, back to the chimney… if you take a look here (scroll to the bottom for the images), you can see that the existing layout for our house is rather odd in terms of the location of the fireplace (right when you walk in the front door).  And because of the new design needing a proper place for a dining room, the fireplace had to go!  Plus, I know for a fact that we would never use it anyway, and it will give us a little extra garage space for all of Mr. Fixer’s toys.

Enough words, though–I’ll let the pictures do the rest of the talking!  If you have any comments, questions, or your own stories to share, we would love to hear them!

– Mrs. Fab 🙂

See that beautiful blue sky!

See that beautiful blue sky!

The demo begins!

The demo begins.

Mr. Fixer is one happy guy!

 

 

Busting through the attic.

Busting through the attic.

So grateful for help from my mom and her buff hubby!  They drove down from Seattle in their new RV to help us get started.

So grateful for help from my mom and her buff hubby! They drove down from Seattle in their new RV to help us get started.  THANKS A MILLION!

That's right--Mrs. Fab helped too!

That’s right–Mrs. Fab helped too!

 

 

This rotohammer was a HUGE lifesaver!

This rotohammer was a HUGE lifesaver!

Finally into the garage! Whew!

Finally into the garage! Whew!

Our fireplace is an original from Portland itself!

Our fireplace is an original from the Industrial Ironworks Co. in Portland.

Word of caution... do not stand near the mantel when someone is pounding on it from the other side.  Whoops!

Word of caution… do not stand near the mantel when someone is pounding on it from the other side. Whoops!

All out!

All out.  Look at all that extra space?!

Like it never happened!

Like it was never even there!  Good job, Mr. Fixer!

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Our salvaged pile of bricks, neatly stacked by my wonderful mom!

 

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