What made this particular turn of the century house project interesting is that we had to perform a complete gut, all the way down to the base of the structure. This house had been flagged by the Oshawa historical society as being historically significant. Although the building had clearly reached the end of its natural, useful cycle and was clearly structurally deficient; we were able to gain permission for demolition with certain conditions.
That’s where we had our fun! Instead of simply tearing down the home, we carefully removed all possible salvage materials, including sub floors and wooden sub floor structures. Then, the historical society came in and documented the construction style of the house. Once they had the information they needed, we were given the green light to finalize the demolition.
On the same property also stood a barn that had reached that unfortunate point that many of these structures reach. Unfortunately, the cost of repairing and maintaining the building was between four and five times greater than the cost of removing it. It had also reached the end of its natural, useful cycle and had regrettably been built for a world that simply doesn’t exist anymore. It’s always with a twinge of sadness that Aged Wood takes down these types of good buildings.