With the framing work in the south upstairs bedroom complete, I have turned my attention to clearing debris and preparing for electical work. Recently I cleared the fiberglass batts and blown cellulose from an area just off the living space that looks like it was designed to be a closet. I already knew the […]
The end of the framing work in the south upstairs bedroom / nursery is in sight. This new framing replaces the uncompliant work I had done before I got my plan approved that had the wall directly against the chimney. Now there is a gap of at least 3″ (code requires 2″) between the chimney […]
Over the past week, I have gotten back to my long-delayed nursery/bedroom project in the upper level. Unfortunately, I had to spend my time removing some framing work I had done earlier that will not pass inspection. Here is where my wall went wrong: I framed a wall directly next to the interior of the […]
Demolition in the south upstairs bedroom has hit a stumbling block. A big, 300-pound, cast-iron stumbling block. In order to pull out the baseboard, panelling, and old sheetrock to prepare for renovation, the radiator had to be moved. Before this, the only maintenance I have done on the heating system was bleeding radiators, so this […]
Is it worth saving something in your house simply because it is old? If, like me, you favor home restoration over renovation this can be a challenging question. After all, most people today want original woodwork, but not original kitchens; original plaster walls but not the original wiring inside them.
When you were in grade school, did you ever write a note to that special boy or girl in your class? You know, the kind of note where your turgid adolescent emotions can be summed up by the phrase, “I like you like you.” What if that note– cross-outs, misspellings, and grammatical errors included– was […]
Sometimes finding restoration clues involves looking for what you don’t see. When I had removed all the panelling from the bedroom I am restoring, the walls behind were wallpapered down to six inches from the bottom of the walls. What don’t I see? The original tall baseboards that began where the wallpaper stops. I would […]
This week I got a bit more time to continue the demolition work in the south upstairs bedroom. My overall plan for the room includes: removing the old paneling and drywall installing more and better insulation and vapor barrier replacing the sheetrock restoring the two double-hung windows stripping all the woodwork
Okay. So I actually only pulled out the interior stops for one window plus the parting bead, but hey, it’s progress. It felt like ages since I had done any renovation work, though the calendar tells me it was more like two weeks.
What a day! Plant shopping in the morning, the Twin Cities Bungalow Club House Tour in the afternoon, and some work on the third upstairs bedroom in the evening. I am so tired, I’m practically sleep-blogging.