No need to worry, the walls are coming down under the supervision of our contractor. Today a crew started from the top and tore down the back chimney. Don't worry, we have 2 other chimneys so Santa can still visit us. In addition to the the chimney, this crew is tearing out the brick wall separating the kithchen and dining room, as well as framing the interior space to its new layout and dimensions. This includes the new roof line and dormers. HOW EXCITING IS THIS! Here is the interior brick wall with the chimney having been removed down to the first floor:
And here is that same wall 6 hours later! No brick wall at all!
In addition to the contractors being on-site, the crew also brought Dottie, their "work dog". Dottie has been patrolling the back yard, keeping the squirrels at bay. Hopefully this will prevent any creatures from trying to move in during the framing portion of the job!
We are saving the chimney brick as it is exterior brick that matches the rest of the house exterior. Hopefully we will be able to re-use it for the brick facing on the future porch column bases.