I grew up in a house that was originally built by my family in the mid to late 19th century. It is nine bedrooms and has gorgeous woodwork through. The house has unfortunately been vacant for almost 20 years. My father died in October and my grandmother has decided to tear down the house because it is in such bad shape. Nothing I can do to change that decision.
But… I am going to remove all of the old woodwork that I can (all of the trim/molding, stair woodwork, doors, paneling, possibly flooring) and the old fixtures. I am doing this myself and in one weekend (4th of July weekend). The house is very large. I would love to salvage the slate roof, but I cannot do that on such a steep and complex roof. I believe that I have all the tools to salvage the woodwork (wonder bars, wrecking bars, putty knives, reciprocating saws, muscles, etc). It is unlikely that I will be able to remove any of the non-loadbearing timber because that would me removing lath and plaster (probably horse hair).
One good thing is that I can salvage all of this (or most of it) for personal woodworking projects and for friends. I refuse to sell it.
Does anyone have any experience unmaking an old house and saving the woodwork? Any advice?