In Like a Lion Out Like a Lamb: A Story of Demolition and Rebuilding

Happy March (a day early if you’re in North America)! You know what they say… In like a lion (demolition). Out like a lamb (rebuild).

The weather was so warm last week that I found myself talking about April starting this week. Maybe my cognitive functioning isn’t what it used to be and now I’m blaming the weather? In a few short years I’ll be able to use menopause as an excuse for EVERYTHING. Ha!

Let’s talk about The Ashland House, shall we? I visited last Thursday and Friday and found myself getting a little teary eyed. I don’t know what I did to deserve such an amazing place to live. We’re so fortunate!

If you’ve been following along since this past August these before/during pictures will be a review for you.

In Like A Lion

Demolition rear exterior wall

This was the back of our house after demolition.

Demolition of 1915 Bungalow Kitchen

Demo In July 2015

concrete basement floor demolition

At one point this was our basement floor.

Bungalow kitchen before demolition

Original Kitchen – I loved the clever sink!

Bungalow kitchen before demolition

Looking at this picture brings back so many memories.  And smells.  It wasn’t that bad.  We could have lived in the house for a few years before construction.  But then we’d be living in the house for a few years before construction.

Bungalow bathroom before demolition

Original Bathroom AKA Ode to Linoleum (By the way, we TOTALLY kept that original door hardware.)

1915 Bungalow bathroom

Mr. OPRFLife just looked over my shoulder and asked me if we were going to use this shower door in the kiddo’s bathroom.


Basement Bathroom before demolition

Basement Bathroom.  I’ll let the picture speak for itself.

basement bathroom before demolition


original basement stairs 1915 bungalow

Original Basement Stairs

Bungalow dining room original

Original Dining Room – Check out the staining on the wood floors.

original Bungalow entry

Original Entryway.  This part of the house is the least unchanged to date.  The light fixture and the door hardware are staying.  We also had the doors restored.

Out Like A Lamb

Here’s what’s going on at the house now:

white kitchen cabinets

Here’s what the kitchen looks like so far.  Our awesome Architect (Debra McQueen if you’re curious) suggested we relocate it from the North side of the house to the South side for more light.

White kitchen island

Don’t get all excited about the gap between the ceiling and the upper cabinets.  We’re getting crown moulding.

white oak floor walnut stain

Dining Room as of last week.  We opened it up into the kitchen.  You might not be able to tell because the cabinets (cupboards if you’re Canadian) weren’t put in when this picture was taken.

white penny round subway tile

Close-Up:  Linoleum-Free First Floor Bathroom

Custom vanity with bunn feet

Vanity for the first floor bathroom (Jack and Jill).  I just love those bunn feet.

rear porch addition Debra McQueen Architect

What the back of the house looks like now.

interior Chicago brick wall

Where that “charming” basement bathroom used to be.

restored 1915 door

The Entryway.  Not the most recent picture but you get the idea, right?

That’s all for now.  Wednesday I plan on making a final decision on kitchen countertops.

Thanks for reading and have a Joyful Day!

xo Whitney


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      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Thanks Dr. Meg! I had forgotten what a mess it looked like during demolition. What I’d like to know is how many words you’ve written since August? Seriously. You are so good at consistently writing. Good writing too. You inspire me! xo

    1. yager2550

      The house is becoming beautiful…but what I admire most is your epic patience with the project to make it so. You have my admiration for that, as well as for your good taste!

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Thank you. I work with toddlers so I’ve had several years to cultivate my ability to be patient. Thank you for your support and kind comments. Sincerely. xo

    2. Mauri

      That was one skanky house! You are amazing to have the foresight to see beyond the skankiness 🙂 And yes, I have a limited vocabulary!

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        I wouldn’t say you have a limited vocabulary. Rather a fondness for the terms “skanky” and “skankiness”. I would like to thank my overactive imagination for helping me visualize this house’s potential. And the support of my loving family, of course. xo

    3. Barb Bossany

      Love the progress!!! Looking forward to seeing it live!!! Best of luck on the finishing touches!!!!

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    5. sportsattitudes

      Whitney, stopping by (courtesy of Meg) to comment on what is obviously an ambitious undertaking and also what great images of showing the progress. I would not have the patience required and also admire your “dedication to the transformation!”

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Thank you so much for visiting and commenting! (Meg is such a positive and encouraging person. She has been a very good friend of this blog.) I certainly don’t feel very patient but I appreciate the compliment. If I could snap my fingers and be all moved in I would. This project is probably the gutsiest/scariest/craziest thing I’ve ever done. I still can’t believe my husband is okay with it!

      1. Whitney Parchman Post author

        Thanks Jim! I should be enjoying a sense of accomplishment, however, I feel a little stressed for some reason. I think once we are moved in that feeling will subside. In the meantime it’s coffee in the morning, wine at night and an intermittent whine throughout the day. 😉