“The first piece was making the space more livable,” Clark explained. “The kitchen was really small and had a little pantry that was almost unusable.”
Previously, the first floor had seven different doors leading from room to room. Opening up the kitchen meant removing walls, so Clark worked with a contractor and a structural engineer who added new supports in the basement.
“There was a lot of project creep because the kitchen lighting led to fixing the living room ceiling lighting, which led to the porch, and so on. We gutted the whole first floor. We limited it to the first floor though,” he laughed.
Even as the project grew, Clark’s commitment to taking the time to choose the right pieces and create the look he wanted grew. At times, he struggled to find workers to hire, so he did the more “unskilled” parts of the project. He stripped and sanded all of the wood trim and did much of the demo work himself. Clark describes the efforts as “learned and figured out along the way.”
“My Dad and I used a hydraulic hammer to tear out the old furnace chimney one day, which was actually kind of fun,” said Clark. “The demo is easy because it feels like it’s moving along quickly.”