This is where it was all centered: on a big house in Galveston, Texas. An elderly woman makes this her home. The house has been in her family for generations: her children were raised here, she was raised here, her parents were raised here. When Hurricane Ike came along in 2008, her lower level was filled up with 5 feet of water, which caused an enormous amount of damage. The room that was the worst off was her dining room, with it's buckling paneling, caving ceiling, and cracks in the walls.
We got right to work on Monday morning and our focus was on getting that ceiling down! It was a sagging mess that looked like it would cave in at any second. We ripped the plaster off, exposing the cardboard, paper, and wooden beams beneath it. Also beneath it? Dirt. Lots and lots and lots of dirt which rained down with every tug.
Once we ripped off the wall panels, the rest of the work process was all about rebuilding and restoring. I'll show more of that process tomorrow!