The next room(s) north, or on the backside of the Parlor is the Fireplace Room/Study/Sitting Room. It was originally a 14'x11' open room with a fireplace and two sets of pocket doors. One set opened into the Parlor and the other set opnened into the Dining Room. Like I mentioned before, both sets of doors were gone and the openings re-framed for smaller sliding doors.
The Fireplace Room had been convereted into three different spaces.
#1 - A very large bathroom
#2 - A closet
#3 - A hallway that led from the Parlor to the Bathroom, closet and Dining Room
The ceiling had been dropped about 3' from the original lathe & plaster and was done so to hide old water damage, provide a place to run "new" electric and run a vent system for the tub and the sink. The fireplace had been filled in and covered up by the large vanity and two radiators. the floor was a 2' thick mortar base impregnated with wire mesh with ceramic tile on top and a real pain to demo! I punched a hole in the ceiling to see what was going on up there and noticed a 2" galavanized vent pipe running up from the tub and into a crudely punched hole into the chimney where it was connected to a larger pipe that went all the way up the chimney, about 35 feet.
Our plan was to take the room back to original look and reclaim the fireplace. I demo'd the bathroom, closet and hallway and found the original openeing and track for the pocket doors leading into the dining, just as I had for the Parlor. Only problem.....No pocket doors! The PO had mentioned to the real estate agent, "Don't be surprised if you find the pocket doors in the walls" Welp, I was a little disappointed to find them long gone but I also knew that I would be able to replace them. I was able to find two identical sets that came out of a house in Ohio and bought them and had a buddy pick them up on his normal trucking route that he runs from Indiana to Ohio for a far cry less than it would have costed for me to go get them or have the professionaly shipped.
So, after everything was cleared out of the room, the dropped ceiling was "dropped" all of the way and removed, the tile floor and base demo hammered into oblivion and all of the fixturing moved out of the way I was left with a shell of a room but happy at the same time to be getting closer to where I wanted to be. The next task was to remove the galvanized vent pipe. I got all of the piping from the tub to the chimney cut out and removed fairly easy. The pipe up the chimney was a different story! I literally sat in the firebox with a recip. saw and cut a section out at a time. Make a cut across the bottom, hit with a sledge and watch the pipe drop down. This all happened in 3' sections about 10 times untill all of the pipe was gone.
Here's some pictures of before and during demo.
- 1st Floor Bathroom - Bathtub.JPG (110.82 KiB) Viewed 298 times
- 1st Floor Bathroom - Toilet.JPG (95.96 KiB) Viewed 295 times
- 1st Floor Bathroom - Vanity.JPG (76.25 KiB) Viewed 297 times