Home Is Where the Big Bin Is: Tips for Demolition Day

It has begun. Demolition day is here and so is the giant dumpster we ordered to adorn our driveway. After we bought the house, we knew that the kitchen would be the first room we’d tackle for two reasons:

  1. We’re kitchen enthusiasts. For us, walking into a beautifully designed kitchen is like being wrapped up in a warm hug. I’m sure you’ll agree that whether you’re hosting a party or catching up after work, the kitchen is where everyone tends to end up so we needed to whip ours into shape.
  2. Part of our kitchen design involves expanding into the existing dining room and converting the second living room into the new dining room. As you can imagine, this accounts for the majority of our main floor’s square footage so it made the most sense to get that out of the way first before moving on to the smaller, less complicated projects.

220-JUNK Dumpster

If I can bestow any wisdom upon you, it’s that proper preparation makes all the difference. With a few cardboard boxes, heavy duty polythene sheeting and a Shop-Vac®, you can significantly reduce the amount of dust and debris that makes its way around the rest of your house. Here are a few tips.

  • If you don’t plan on ripping out the flooring, you’ll want to protect it from dust, falling debris and heavy foot traffic. Repurpose old cardboard boxes by flattening them and laying them over top of the flooring in the room you’re demolishing, using painters tape to secure them in place.
  • Make polythene sheeting your new best friend. While it won’t prevent 100% of the dust from spreading, it will make a notable difference. Use painters tape to hang sheeting between adjoining rooms and in front of doorways that lead out to other areas of the house. If there are any heating or cooling vents in the room, you’ll want to cover those too.
  • If you have help, make someone the designated Shop-Vac® operator. As sections of the room are demolished and the larger debris is moved to the dumpster, have them vacuum up any leftover, smaller fragments. By making this an ongoing process, it won’t be so overwhelming when it’s time for the big cleanup.
  • Invest in some good quality work gloves and face masks and/or respirators. As my Dad likes to say, ‘You don’t wanna mess around with your lungs.’

Demolition Polythene Sheeting

Demolition can be daunting so don’t be afraid to ask for help and above all else, have fun because let’s be honest, breaking stuff is one hell of a good time.

UPDATE: We had A LOT of help from eager family and friends with both the demo and cleanup so we were able to get it done in one weekend. The dumpster is filled to the brim, waiting to be whisked away and the dust battle rages on. Next up is plumbing and electrical so stay tuned!

Finished Kitchen Demolition

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