Our Family Room Tour – Part 4 {Demo, Drywall & Cement Work}

Check out Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3 at these links to following along with this project.
When we started to take down the ceiling to make sure there was proper insulation, we found black spots on the insulation……probably mold.  So we took the whole ceiling down.  Then this wall had to come down also because we were worried the mold that dripped down behind this wall.
Here was the mold in the ceiling that came from an in-the-wall A/C unit that we had already repaired the year before on the 2nd floor.
See the darker wood area on the wall, it was only in that area.  But we had already taken down the whole wall.  Oh well.  So all new drywall had to go back up.
This was the only drywall that didn’t come down.
So since we found mold, we did do a mold test, we primed all the walls and ceiling with primer for mold.  This way it doesn’t have a big chance of coming back.  You can buy a mold test kit from Home Depot or Lowe’s.  They are completely inexpensive to buy, so buy one if you think there is mold in your home.  Always better to be safe then sorry.
Then the insulatation went up.
Then the drywall.

When we started to take the drywall down, we found some of the foundation was cracked.  This foundation is where the garage door used to be years ago.  Obviously the previous owners didn’t have the right job done, so we had to do the right job.  They dug down 3 feet & replaced all of this cracked cement as well.  As you can see there is a step down into where the garage area used to be, so it all worked out in the end, because we didnt’ like the step down area.  So we filled it all in with cement.  Well the contractor filled it in with cement actually.  Worth every penny in our book.


Here we finished the mudding.  I would have to say, I don’t love this part of the job.  It takes a long time and a few days to finish the process.  If we ever had to do a room that size again, we might just hire someone for this part of it. 😉    The boxes in this picture are our ceiling product, so stayed tuned for the material we picked.
This is the door to the Laundry Room.
This is the entranceway from the stair area.  {stair area on the left}  Look how big that entranceway is now that there are walls up.
Well stayed tuned for the next part of this tour.  Thanks for stopping by.  I would love to hear from you, so please leave me a message.  Have a great day everyone!!!



  1. says

    what a nasty surprise! good for you for tackling the problem head on.

    I'm so curious about the ceiling, I tried squinting really hard to see if I could read the product name from the box :) We have an unfinished ceiling in our laundry that I'd love to upgrade, so I look forward to reading about what you did.

  2. says

    Carole, it was a nasty surprise, but we had to clean it up.

    You are very funny that you were squinting really hard to see the product name. I will be posting about the ceiling soon. I think it will be a great product for your laundry area. It's super easy to put up too. :)

    Thanks for stopping by Carole. And I have to tell you that I have only known one other person that spells Carole with an "E" at the end….my Mom! YAY!

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