Our osmosis water treatment unit under the sink sprung a roaring leak and the entire house was flooded up to the door sills.
The carpet and pad soaked it up like a sponge.
The yardman noticed our side patio door porch was wet and went to take a look. Then called us.
We don't know how long the leak had been going on, but enough to damage the walls and furniture.
We have a wonderful insurance company who immediately called a disaster rescue company who arrived with about 5 trucks, big pumps, fans, dehumidifiers and went to work moving all the furniture to the center of the rooms, removing soaked carpet and, when the dryness reading was reached, started tearing out the walls up to about 3-3 1/2 feet. (In the second picture, you can see from the dining area into the kitchen through the bottom of the wall.)
All, I mean all, of the cabinets in the house had to go as well as the doors--except the outside ones for now. All of the closets and storage areas had to have the bottom shelves and built-up floors removed.
So, for the past week, we have been dealing with insurance contractors, first in damage control and now in trying to figure out how to put everything back together.
Some furniture can be saved. We're in the process of working with a restorer/estimator who will take the fixable back to his workshop and start work on putting it back to new. My great barrister's bench, which is mahogany, will probably survive. As will the safari chairs and end tables. (we think). My lounge chair and the office chairs will make it.
Our very clever hide-a-bed cabinet delaminated and the mattress is toast. The front of this chest folded down to reveal a folded-up twin bed. I'll not find another one like this. And, I'm afraid the Chinese Chippendale chairs may have split legs.
An antique Empire red oak drop-leaf table is standing in the family room looking very drunk. Legs splayed like a poleaxed oxen. I think it's done for.
Our office furniture is ruined, but the paper in the files survived. The beds are all okay, since they are on high metal legs. But our bedroom furniture didn't make it.
We just put new drapes in the family room and bedroom.
And my little Featherweight Singer carrying case with it's custom card table were on the floor of the guest bedroom. They may be a loss.
My studio was virtually untouched. All the books survived as did my pictures and prints. The Christmas decorations were all in a big plastic tub. My quilts are okay. The family room sofa and chair as well as the end tables seem to be okay.
Nobody died; nobody got hurt.
And it's just stuff, after all.
And our insurance with either restore it or replace it. So in the end, we're lucky. It was worth all those years of premiums.
And guess what. I not only 'get' to to a complete kitchen renovation, I get TWO kitchens and a whole house.
(Um, all the bathroom cabinets have to be replaced too.)
Paint chips.....floor tile..... granite counters.... cabinet doors ....This is going to be my life for quite a while, I think.