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House of Vacuums, Part 2 "#DemoMonth"

So even though we left off Part 1 on demo, that really wasn't the end of the demo story. Boy would Chip Gaines have had a blast in this building because there's been about 3 weeks of demo days (and counting), haha. When we bought the building, our original plan was to leave as much of it undisturbed as possible; we wanted to preserve as much of the original materials as we could. But unfortunately that has been difficult. After removal of the trash, temporary walls, plumbing, electrical and anything else that wasn't attached, we began to be able to see the structure underneath. Our first order of business was removing the plaster from the walls. You can see below how easily it was falling of

House of Vacuums History

The House of Vacuums did business in this building from 1968-2017. Even now during the renovation, people walk to the doors carrying their vacuums, looking for the service that was provided here for almost 50 years. The sign is a landmark in itself, with the bold red letters spanning across the entire storefront. So much of the building's life has been as the House of Vacuums! But we knew it was older; that there was a story before the House of Vacuums. We found a receipt from Stagg's Grocery from 1942, newspapers from 1955, marbles and toy soldiers... so much history in this location. We decided to investigate the roots of the building. Thursday, Oct 18th The first stop was the Florence Lib

 
 
 

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