I have a love for natural fibres which extends to real fur. In the back of the closet I had a coat which was always a little tight across the shoulders. One day last winter I reached out to close the truck door and split the under arms and one shoulder seam. I was really unhappy about it as I've always hated the truck and now it had ruined my fur coat. That coat sat lurking in the back of the closet weighing on my mind and the coat rail for some time, then I just decided something had to be done.
I was gifted a beautiful piece of lace last summer by a neighbour holding a yard sale. The only condition on the gift was that I had to use it. It had been in her stash for decades. It was tatted lace made by her grandmother. A lovely ivory lace crisp and wonderful. I thought about it for a few months considering a dress or top but then I thought about the French linen and our need for drapes in the 'library'. ...
When I was a kid growing up in Nova Scotia winter I've in all its forms was a big part of my life. From the little puddles to the ice on the inlet to the ice Ickes on the eves and the frost forests on the windows. On my lunch hour walks I've been watching the river ice.
Isla and I have been getting out more often. I walk to work every morning and try to walk a few lunch hours too. It does seem to help with what is left of my concussion symptoms. Anyway the phone goes with me and so therefore does the camera.
One of the main things that sold this house to Christopher was the fact that most of the major stabilization work was completed already. Many downtown Whitehorse homes have either no foundation or mismatched crumbling foundation/s. Thank goodness... most of this work was already done... so, our new house, though crooked... was stable from the ground up.
That said, there was obviously some significant problems with rodent infiltration as there was a coating of rat poison over all the plastic sheeting covering the open ground sections of the crawlspace area.
The insulation was poorly done at best or nonexistent at worst. Also, Christopher figured there were probably some moisture issues (1) from the disconnected dryer hose providing a wonderful decoration of strand mould throughout the entire downstairs area, and (2) that his suspicious side believed there were probably moisture issues covered up in the walls (correct of course)...
All of the plumbing would have to be replaced but at least it was all accessible.
The old ducting and wood/oil furnace was chopped up and removed.
This electrical panel was one of the only pieces in the basement that were not replaced.
All of the plastic, old insulation, rat poison, dead rodents , bits of drywall, etc. were removed. Every bit of plumbing for the entire main floor runs through the basement. It all had to be cut out and replaced.
The new plumbing drains have been installed in these pics. One of the many challenges of general contracting... many different sub-contractors, all leaving different levels of mess everywhere. The pink insulation and poorly installed vapour barrier were removed. As discussed above... the base of the walls were wet to the touch from outside drainage infiltration.
The after pics are a little thin because Chris got a little busy...
A subfloor frame was installed, the entire basement and crawlspace floor and walls were sprayfoamed to provide a seal against rodents and moisture. The subfloor was covered with plywood. One small electric baseboard keeps everything toasty warm now.
A new hot water tank was installed and tested. Both Sarah and I had a funny 'brain fart' when we separately read through the real estate disclaimer that told us the year the hot water tank was installed. 2000 we both thought to ourselves... that's not very old... and we both dismissed it from our minds. I'm not sure why, but I was taking a second look at the papers after we 'took possession' of our crooked house. Suddenly it dawned on me... 2000... hmmm... let's think... this may be the oldest working hot water tank in existence! Crap! Needless to say... all plumbing including the hot water tank is now replaced.