The kitchen demo continues. You can see in the picture below how the old kitchen had about a two-foot bump out along part of the back wall but not all of it.
We planned to add a small addition, about two feet deep by six feet wide, in order to make the kitchen a rectangle instead of an L-shape. We thought this would make the space more usable, and even though the addition was small, it would make the kitchen seem way bigger.
The current bump out was cantilevered, meaning the space was hanging over the ground outside without any foundation support. Turns out, squirrels had chewed through the bottom of the cantilever, so it needed to be replaced.
Since we were going to dig a hole to lay a foundation for the new addition, we planned to dig a hole for a foundation for this original bump out as well. Here’s a look at the original back of the house.
It was a long two days of digging! We put up a huge tarp to protect the hole from snow, rain and other Wisconsin weather elements until the new addition went up. (It’s cold here!)
We had a huge dirt pile behind the house, which froze in the Wisconsin winter and remained there for several cold months!
Update: See the full kitchen reveal here.
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