Brownstone Street Facade
Basement toward front
Cellar towards rear
Backside of Vestibule
The fireplaces were kept in place at the front of the house like this one that would be in the future master bedroom. The load bearing stud wall also remained...
Master Bedroom Bay Window
But ultimately, even this bearing wall would be replaced with new stud construction because the existing thick framing was wavy and not plumb, thus more difficult to sheetrock.
Bearing Wall at Second Floor
In most cases there was no subfloor with the finish floor attached directly to the framing. We would install new subfloor over this existing surface and then new wood flooring. The stair treads would all be modified to make up for the additional thickness and provide an equal riser height throughout.
Master Bedroom Fireplace Mantel
The master bedroom fireplace surround will get dismantled so it can be refinished off-site and then reinstalled. The insert covers were also removed and ultimately the firebox will be open and cleaned up with a black painted interior.
Through this opening in the floor, you can see the skylight that had been located over a light well that housed those bathroom vent pipes extending up to the roof. All plumbing, waste lines and vent pipes were removed.
Old Chase Skylight Above
This is a great photo at the top floor... with the skylights white washing the old brick party wall with natural light...
There had been a bathroom on each level where you see the flooring is removed. The structure had been butchered to run piping and waste lines. All new framing would be needed for adequate support. The cavities in the brick wall would also be filled with new masonry. In future photos, you'll see that the masonry party walls will be covered with metal furring to run electrical and plumbing.
Old Bathroom Floor
The ceilings were removed at the top floor. You can see the old plaster line on the wall...
Third Floor Front
I loved the feeling on the Third Floor with its high roof framing, skylights and open space. Would make for a great brew pub... not that Hoboken needs any more bars!
Third Floor Rear
The roof deck required some repair but for the most part it was in good condition and the members were adequately sized. There was some previous water damage where the roof drainage trough was located. We kept the roof pitch and drain location, but areas of damaged substrate were replaced and all new roofing and flashing installed.
All the existing windows would be removed once the new windows were on site. Here you can see the unfortunate faceted cladding that would be removed to allow for new full glass round top double hung windows.
Faceted Window Cladding
The rear fire escape could be dismantled now that a three-family was becoming a one-family. The paint on the back facade would be power washed and the brick wall repointed.
So that's the demo! You can see it was quite extensive with just a shell and the floors remaining. One might have tried to renovate the building in a way to keep the old intact. But given that it was originally a three-family and each floor was chopped up into small rooms, the layout would not be practical for a single family today. Much of the plaster and trim work was already in poor condition and modifying the wall locations and installing new systems would have butchered almost every surface.
It's something that needs to be taken into consideration when buying an old home... think about how much you would change the layout, what needs to be upgraded, how pristine you want your finishes and what's your budget. Then it will become more apparent whether you're talking about a gut renovation or a restoration.