Our house was built in the early 1900’s to our best guess. It’s got a fieldstone foundation and there’s even a place where there used to be a coal chute. The chimney in the center of the house has openings (that have been walled up) for a ton of rooms. In other words, it’s a typical house in Somerville, MA. Sometime during the ’50s it was turned into a two family (this is about where our various inspectors suspect anyway) and a lot of the work was done rather poorly. One of the prime examples is the addition of a hallway closet in our unit that turns a 4-foot wide hallway into a 2.5-foot squeeze. It was built really haphazardly with BX wiring, random switches and no light. There’s a weird transom that I didn’t get a picture of on top as well. It’s just gross, useless and we wanted to get rid of it.
As you can see, not much room to maneuver.
So we call up a few guys and get some quotes and find out that this can be taken care of fairly easily and fairly quickly. Score! In the grand scheme of things regarding this house, it’s not the most important but it’s certainly cutting down on our useful space. And today was the first day of work and look at the difference!
It feels so much nicer now, even in this half-finished state! And they took out all the excess wiring and put in both a real outlet and a logical set of switches (one turns on the downstairs light but I’m not sure what the other one does yet – I think it works the outlet). I’ll say this, they showed up at 8:00am and had everything dismantled by the time I left for work at 9:10. I figured most of what happened today after I left involved the electrical.
I’ll get a close-up shot of this crazy-ass wallpaper soon but I think it’s the same as what we had in a hallway closet (again) at our old house in Malden. It’s a weird kind of Asian/Japanese-style wallpaper. Anyway, we can’t to see this done when we come back from camping! So far the only difficult thing was herding the cats into our office while they worked and having them super-pissed off at us.
We’ll update once we return on Sunday!