I called Habitat for Humanity and they slowly dismantled what they could using volunteers to do the work---dimantling windows, doors, soffits, metal piping, sinks, bathroom vanities, faucets, light fixtures etc. They have store called "Restore" where you can find recycled house stuff. I had a very nice wood stove that they got, and some appliances. All told, I was able to claim a donation of about $18,000.
Update: some blog followers wanted to know what happened to Oscar, the fish. Neither of the sisters whose homes I would be moving into wanted the fish. "No Way!" they said. I was so disappointed--my only housemate! It turned out that my brother-in-law, Terence Neilsen, was excited to hear this news. He gladly took Oscar. Oscar just barely survived the trip to Portage, WI. However, he revived and lived another year. Long enough to get even uglier and meaner (he would actually leap up sometimes and bite at the finger that fed him...quite in contrast to the old adage of "don't bite the hand that feeds you").
This is looking out the dining room window towards the road
My brother in law Colin showing the layers of wallpaper
It looks like an abandoned house, but believe or not, I found that UPS left a package at my door that month
Living room and 3 season porch
The south side of the house
We could see this greenish colored trough like object in our attic but we weren't quite sure what it was. I told Jamey he needed to save it during the tear down process
My old bedroom: about 10 feet wide x 24 feet long with 7 foot ceilings
|Caroline and Colleen's old bedroom|