Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Walking around

 Things are framing up. I no longer have to rely upon upon a ladder to ascend to the second floor. Jim spent two weeks building the double winder staircase. The subfloor has been installed in the original house section and the addition. Blue spruce is a fine light contrast to the aged patina of the ash timbers. All the windows are installed. I am now turning my attentions to furring out the walls and ceiling for the electrician, plumber, and most of all the insulator. Electricity has been connected to the house, although a good handsaw and plane go quite a distance. With any luck and a lot of continued persistence the house will be closed up by snowfall. Sam

Thursday, July 21, 2016


 A few photos of what we have been up to in the last few months. We got the antique windows which Bill brought from Connecticut last year finally roughed in. With a little work on the casings they fit in very nicely. We did install old wavy glass and the house seems to have a new life to it. I did get about five feet of brick work up on the back so the electrician could mount the meter. While I was waiting for the electric company to run the underground cable I got the downstairs framed out. As can be seen on the front of the house we worked on the right window to square it up. Amazing how much work a simple bottle jack can do. I am working in the cool of air conditioning on other parts of the staircase. Sanding treads and such. Once we get electricity we will turn our attentions to running the spruce sub floor through the saw.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Sweet Gutted Spring

Looking toward the front of the house
 Spring has arrived. It is wonderful to work here again. A bit overwhelming with the mess. When I look back to where this house was last year, whatever doubts arise are quickly vanquished. The three layers of flooring in the main section were removed last fall. We plan to reuse the original ash floor in the kitchen. I finally got the inside stone wall up to height and thus was able to gut the kitchen section. I reused the green treated 2x10s from the terrible 90s plywood addition. The staircase is roughed out. It is next on my list. The goal is to get the electricity hooked up and run, heating system in, insulation sprayed, and house buttoned up so I will be able to work in it this winter. A tall order to fill. The rock is being pushed ever nearer the peak.
Looking toward the kitchen

From kitchen toward front of house


Laying out staircase

Friday, October 30, 2015

Season winding down

 The season is winding down. More has been accomplished than I anticipated for this year. Thanks largely in part to the many kind and hard working individuals that enlisted onto the project.Yet there is still so much left to do! The dividing wall downstairs has been removed and stud walls have begun to be dissembled. A few floor joists were placed in the kitchen. With these in place an accurate measurement may be ascertained so as to lay out the new staircase this winter. The floor and walls have been removed from a bit of the upstairs and the space really changes. The chimney was removed prior to the downstairs wall removal. With the completion of the back wall, most of the hole has been filled in behind the house. Much of the earth that had been removed had been thrown behind the kitchen addition. Thus largely contributing to the floor joist decay. Did I mention that the stone wall on the back of the house has been completed? Yeah no big deal. Just another day Rolling with Sisyphus.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

What happened to Summer?

 I do not recall how these stones made it up on the wall. So far none have decided to fall. The piles on the ground have started to disappear. And I'm sure glad of it. It is amazing how much can be accomplished in beautiful 70 degree weather with low humidity! I'm hoping to get the north wall closed up in a matter of days...unless something pressing comes up. I don't like to count my chickens before they hatch. With any luck and continued beautiful fall. Sisyphus will continue to push the rock back up the hill. 

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Good News Bad News

 Thus far, the North wall is approximately half up. A bit of bad news a couple weeks back. I would like to find the crew that constructed the plywood addition in the southeast corner. For when they did so they kindly undercut the SE stone wall. The corner did have some damage as well so it was an "easy" decision to do a complete tear down. The footing has been dug, poured, and the foundation is up to grade (not pictured). It is for the best but will add a few weeks to the project. But whats a few weeks in the grand scheme of life? The porch has started to disappear. The roof at least. When it is completely removed, the view from the street will be something to behold.

Two sides now have a new sill
Some of the early windows still remain underneath the layers of time.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Heat ahead

The inside wall progressing
Notice the re-purposed corner stone. It had been a lintel, most likely broke when it was being dressed.
Sadly my walk through is no longer usable.

 A few of these photos are a bit dated. One has only so many hours in the day to work and update the blog. A couple of wonderful days and then back to the heat and humidity. I am very much the tortoise.