UGH!! Those squirrels!!
You know, they’re really rats with cuter outfits…
But the havoc that they cause is far from cute. They moved in and made themselves at home. Pair those puffy tailed rodents with a few power outages and poor construction, and we have a major den remodel on our hands.
But not so fast feeling sorry for us. Our den has the biggest potential to be a comfortable and well designed room, and with the help of Mother Nature and some destructive rodents, we now have our chance to make this room right.
Burst pipes and scratching squirrels are now a thing of the past. We’ve started gutting our den, and we mean business.
As we were pulling down dry wall, these things rained on our heads.
We uncovered an abandoned yellow jacket hive.
And what little (and I mean very little) insulation we had in that room, the squirrels had chewed and burrowed nests – to the point where that tiny bit of insulation was riddled to dust.
C’est la vie.
This den demo and remodel is becoming a series. I’m documenting (of course) every step of the way. So far, we have removed all the dry wall, hundreds of dry wall screws, and copious amounts of black walnuts. We plugged up what rodent holes we found with concrete mixed with shards of broken glass, and have filled up two 16 gallon wet/dry vacuum bags with rubble.
We’re down to a clean slate. Those beams that span width-wise across the room will be removed. The ceiling beams will be reinforced. Electric will be relocated. Wifi will be installed and all the cracks and spaces will be covered with plywood and filled with silicone calk. And…..I might just be pulling in some Joanna Gaines mojo and adding some shiplap.
Can I get a Hallelujah for insulation!! We’re partnering up with ROXUL Insulation which is the industry leader of insulation, and our den is going to become fire and soundproof, and those wicked varmints are going to be a thing of the past.
So stay tuned. Next week, I’m going to bring you the latest and greatest of the den demo and remodel. A few days around here will bode ample progress!!
Until next week…
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