Summer 2016 – Part IV

Demolition of the Remaining Walls

September 6th was the date of the demolition of the remaining walls and the floor of our old house. Even at this final stage Brian Coates, the owner and manager of SSP Excavating, took great care separating combustible from non-combustible material. The wood would go to the local burn pile, whereas ceiling tiles and insulation were trucked to the designated landfill in Nakusp. The floor joists were salvaged and taken to a nearby town, where eventually they will provide building material for Levi’s house project.

Demolition of our House in this Six-Minute Video

When looking at the lightning speed, with which an entire house can vanish as if touched by a magic wand, one often forgets how much work is involved in removing beds, tables, chairs, cupboards, desk, dressers, shelving units and all sorts of little things that have accumulated over the 40 years.

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Make-Shift Storage for Furniture and Stuff

During the six weeks prior to the demolition I filled up Biene’s cabin, two trailer ports converted with tarps into temporary storage rooms and one large room that a friendly neighbor provided as a secure place for our more valuable belongings.