12 March 2012 Demolition
Once the site has been cleared and the trucks are able to get access onsite, the demolition begins.

With a project of this nature, and the fact that the renovation entails that we work with the existing walls, most of the demolition needs to be done by hand.  Essentially we are taking the building apart while carefully preserving parts of it.  To ensure we do this correctly we are unable to use machinery like excavators or bulldozers for most of it therefore the task is labour intensive and time consuming.

Before demolition activities take place, there are some crucial steps that need need to be followed, including developing a work plan to include the identification and assessment of hazards and the control measures to be implemented to address these hazards. To check for and assess whether the building or structures have any traces of asbestos. Qualified asbestos abatement inspectors can help locate suspect materials and indicate whether you do in fact have asbestos in your home. Asbestos needs to be treated with caution and disposed of correctly by certified contractors and therefore the costs of demolition will be higher. Fortunately enough there are no signs of asbestos in this house.

Once all the safety measures are put into place, the demoltion of the house begins by stripping down internal walls and ceilings.

Windows and doors are pulled out, kitchen and bathrooms fittings removed and the roof tiles and trusses removed. The house is stripped down in layers.
Before you know it, the house is merely a shell.

In my next blog I'll be posting some dramatic before and after photos which will really illustrate the massive transformation from what was a very modest home to nothing but the shell of what is to become a luxury, contemporary residence.
I look forward to sharing more soon.


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