Once the planning process of our DIY renovation was complete, it was time for demolition! To prepare for our home addition, we had to remove a large screened-in porch and a tree. After that, we removed a concrete pad and started excavating the area.
Before the DIY Renovation
Before the DIY renovation, our turn-of-the-century bungalow had a large screened in porch off the back of the house. The porch had two exits, with a half-wall going around the entire structure, and a concrete pad as the floor. Entering the house from the porch, we walk into a small landing area, with the kitchen to the right and the stairs to the basement at the left.
The porch spanned the entire backside of the house. The area where the porch stood will be part of our new family room once construction of the home addition is complete.
The demolition for our DIY renovation began by removing the screens and half-walls from the porch. We tried to save as much of the materials as possible for use later in the project. The walls, for example, will be used to build concrete forms for the footings.
After the walls were removed, we removed the support beams one by one until the roof came down. What materials we didn’t keep for later use were hauled to the dump.
In addition to the porch, we also had to remove a fairly large tree. The space occupied by the tree will eventually be our master bedroom suite when the home addition is finished.
The large tree directly behind the house had to come down to make room for our home addition. To do this, we decided to hire a professional. The size of the tree and our inexperience in the whole process made it a pretty easy decision.
The tree trimmers started by trimming the branches, then worked their way down the trunk until only the stump remained. Then, we had someone come with a stump grinder to grind the stump down to ground level. Once we started excavating, we had them come back to grind the stump further since we needed to dig below ground level for the crawl space.
To remove the concrete pad, we rented a jackhammer from Menard’s. Then we demoed the concrete. It took around one and a half days to jackhammer and remove the concrete from the area.
The majority of the pad was jack hammered, but we did use a sledgehammer and chisel near the home’s foundation to make sure it wasn’t disturbed. We also rented a concrete saw to cut back part of the driveway that extended into the area where the home addition would be. The part of the concrete that is connected directly to the foundation was left in place since it will become part of the crawl space of the new home addition.
To remove the concrete pieces (and later excavate the area) we borrowed a tractor from a friend. It made the work of lifting the heavy concrete pieces so much easier! We also used the tractor to assist in demolishing the rest of the porch structure.
All the concrete was placed in a dumpster we rented specifically for concrete removal. It sat in our yard for a few days while the concrete was loaded then the company came to pick it up when we were finished. While most the concrete was taken away in the dumpster, we did have a few friends who loaded their trucks with the rock for ditch backfill and other home improvement projects.
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