On April 15, 2008 we closed on a 1955 Mid-Century Modern home in Merriam, KS that was custom designed by the late Donald R. Hollis of Hollis + Miller Architects. We will be sharing our journey as we update the house to make it our own, while trying to stay as close to the original design as possible.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

New gutters and asbestos tile removal

We closed on our house on April 15th, and immediately started getting bids for new gutters.  The other gutters were barely hanging on by a thread, I did not take any pictures but take my word for it. 

The asbestos tiles in the basement, two of the bedrooms, and the hallway, were our next project.  LD obtained a recommendation for an asbestos contractor from one of her task force team mates and we hired him to remove over 1400 square feet of asbestos tile.   They tried removing as much of the mastic as they could, but they could not get all of it of.

Concrete slab in basement after tile removal
View of hallway after tile removal
Close up of mastic that could not be removed
Subfloor in one of the bedrooms after tile removal.


  1. Another question--why remove them?

    Amanda (the cork chickie)

  2. We removed the tile in the basement because several of the tiles were broken, and several were coming up. To top it all off, the previous owner had dropped something really heavy on the tile and dinged the concrete floor underneath. The tile upstairs was not in the best shape either. The previous owner had carpeted all of the upstairs, and the perimeter tiles were damaged from the tack strips. Plus what could be cooler than cork flooring? Go for it, you will not regret it.