|Oddly the only picture I could find - |
note the presence of the rad, and the damn boarded window
Now while I would never harm an original space or floor plan, there was abundant evidence that nothing about the space was original. We know the space itself was added along with the kitchen wing before 1895. One wall was old plaster board with a skim coat of plaster, and there were shadow marks and cut moldings in both the hallway and kitchen from where doorways used to exist.
It's possible/likely that those two doorways once led to servant's stairs - a theory supported somewhat by framing and the odd seam in the floor, but nothing definitive. Once the kitchen doorway was decommissioned and closed the space almost certainly housed an icebox - as evidenced by the extensive rot in that section of floor and nowhere else. After we reopened the doorway there was room for our fridge to sit in the space (although we still need to frame in the back where it protrudes into the pantry).
|Before we bought the house. |
Note the "inspirational" kitchen photo taped to the built-in.
|my nostrils are obviously photoworthy|
You can see the original dark green paint revealed after scraping layers of paint and 60's vinyl shelf liner off the walls, on the left you can see the new fridge peeking out.
The demo stalled after doing what was necessary for fitting in a fridge (two years ago), but the house was so clean and orderly after the holidays, I had to do something to cope! So I took down the offending hallway wall...
While the doorway was exactly where I expected it to be (on the left), the rest of the framing had me befuddled.
The walls were doubled, and there were what seemed to be arbitrary pieces of wood tacked on here and there, with some horizontal pieces thrown in for good measure. The reused framing lumber (identified by the existence of plaster lines where there shouldn't be) further confused the matter. I did eventually figure it out though, the answer? Pocket door... At some point this wall was built with scrap lumber, and a homemade track and stop. The soft-close stop was what really had me confused - it consisted of a short angled chunk of wood with an old floorboard tacked to it. The floorboard had just enough length to bend when something hit it.
Naturally this throws a wrench in my plans, so further work is on hold until we figure out if this monstrosity stays or goes...