Demolition and Discovery. It's scary. Not for the faint of heart. It is highly likely you will uncover the nightmares of previous questionable workmanship coupled with the ravages of time. I usually have some nights of fitful sleep with dollar signs that keep flashing in my head. And occasionally (rarely) something good is discovered. At least that has been my experience with D and D so far.
We decided to take the "little house" bedroom down to the frame and see what was beneath all that glorious [note the sarcasm] faux paneling. It was amazing that the little house was still standing. The carpenters had their work cut out for them in order to shore up the structure according to code and make it strong.
On a positive note, the ceiling was vaulted under the low ceiling that had been removed and it greatly improved the feeling of space in the room.
Now it was ready for the Restoration and Renovation stage...and believe me, I was ready for some R & R just about now! R & R coming up next!