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Fixer Upper: Demolition of the Great Room

Welcome to the world of home renovation, where creativity meets determination! In this exciting new episode of Fixer Upper, we delve into the thrilling world of demolition as we tackle a major transformation in the heart of the house—the great room. Get ready to witness the sheer power of construction as we strip away the old and make way for a brand-new space filled with endless possibilities.

In every renovation project, there comes a time when a bold decision must be made to push the boundaries of design. The great room, once a central gathering place for family and friends, now stands as a relic of the past—a space longing for a fresh start. With its outdated features, worn-out furnishings, and an inefficient layout, it’s time to bid farewell to the old and embrace the potential for something extraordinary.

Led by our expert team of designers, contractors, and craftsmen, we embark on a journey to transform this lackluster space into a stunning masterpiece that reflects the homeowners’ unique style and vision. But first, we must overcome the exhilarating challenge of demolition. Brimming with anticipation and armed with sledgehammers and determination, we are prepared to bring down walls, break through limitations, and unleash a wave of possibilities.

As we swing our hammers, shards of drywall scatter, revealing the hidden framework that will serve as the foundation for the great room’s rebirth. The atmosphere buzzes with excitement as the homeowners watch their space evolve before their eyes, trusting us to breathe new life into their cherished home. It’s a moment of both nostalgia and anticipation as memories of the old mingle with dreams of the new.

But demolition is not merely about destruction—it’s about creating a blank canvas upon which design dreams can be realized. With every swing of the hammer, we pave the way for endless opportunities—a larger, more functional space, flooded with natural light, adorned with carefully selected materials, and tailored to meet the unique needs and desires of the homeowners. From the rubble of the old, we will sculpt a breathtaking great room that will become the heart and soul of this rejuvenated home.

Join us on this remarkable journey as we witness the Demolition of the Great Room and set the stage for an awe-inspiring transformation. Brace yourself for the thrill of destruction and the promise of a glorious rebirth, as we redefine what it means to turn a house into a dream home. Get ready to be inspired, amazed, and captivated by the power of renovation as we embark on this exhilarating chapter of Fixer Upper.

Everything is now out of the Great Room and in the conex box which means we’re ready to start wrecking out the walls.

dad's house home remodel great room demolition outside wall

First, my dad announces he wants to save the paneling. It’s not really paneling, but one-inch thick pine boards. He loves it.

There is a discussion about how dark it makes the house and then the reality that everything in the walls has been coated with mold, mildew, skat.

It is agreed we will keep the paneling on the wall between the kitchen and Great Room. We can see the back of the boards here and so we compromise.

Wreck out begins.

dad's house home remodel great room demolition front wall

Dad is tasked with vacuuming.

dad's house home remodel view of paneling

And the walls come down.

dad's house home remodel bare walls in great room

It’s a big room.

dad's house home remodel great room demolition

Then they move to the laundry room.

dad's house home remodel walls demolished

Finally, all the walls have been wrecked out.

dad's house home remodel walls removed between great room and laundry room

Here is the Great Room with its bare bones.

dad's house demolition taking out the walls of the great room

And the wall of paneling negotiated to survive.


dad's house home remodel great room

Dad is still vacuuming.

dad's house home remodel dad vacuuming

The Great Room has a fireplace. It will be the focal point. My dad took the wood stove from his parent’s home after Grandpa passed away and it will be a great reminder of that home and the memories a family makes.

dad's house home remodel fireplace

Here is the inside of the house from different angles without any walls, just the studs.

dad's house home remodel looking across bare house

This is looking from the front bedroom through the living room towards the Great Room.

dad's house home remodel bedroom to bedroom

Here is the house looking from the front bedroom to the back bedroom.

And here is the dumpster on day one.

dad's house kitchen demo dumpster

And the dumpster now, after seven days of demolition.

dad's house home remodel dumpster

In eight days, my husband and dad have done the demolition in the:

We still need to remove the flooring from the Great Room (we expect everything here will need to be replaced because it’s sort of like a sponge currently), the floor in the laundry room.

Ceilings need to be dropped still.

Be sure and check out the beginning, where you can see the house as it was bought.

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