To get the project started off with a bang, we decided to spend the weekend emptying all of the old furniture out of the house and take down the existing sheetrock and plaster. Plaster is a wet applied mixture of lime with sand or cement that was used before the advent of sheetrock and requires horizontal boards (lath) as a structural backing for application. The sheetrock was added at a later date, probably to hide imperfections in the plaster as a result of moisture intrusion. Since all of the wall finishes were damaged, they had to come out. This is typical in most renovations to start with a clean slate – it also gives you access to your wall cavity that you would not have otherwise. We plan to use the lath in a creative way later in the project – it is nice looking, old growth wood that shouldn’t go to waste.
A big shout out and thank you to all the people who helped this weekend. Lots of dust and blisters but also a lot of laughs.
And finally some before and after photos: