Saturday, January 7, 2017

Baby Fern - Guardians of the Galaxy Moment...

We've had a wonderfully huge fern for a number of  years. He was a gift from friends who moved away, and he has been gifted to other friends. His hugeness remains undiminished. I meant to sever another portion to take to work, but didn't get around to it before it got cold. This morning, moving Vern back to his accustomed position in the living room window I discovered Vern had a baby!

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Crooked House Reno Post #3 - The Game Plan, design and Delivery - The Attic

The Game Plan...
How much time do we have available?  How much do we think this will cost?  How much contingency do we need?  What will the final use and finishes do we want? This is an old crooked house... everything you open, will have to be fixed.

Chris wanted to fix all the dangerous and non-functional aspects of the house.  Sarah wanted some 'lipstick and mascara' otherwise no one would believe we did anything...

The Tear Out... many 'cash only workers' were found for two weekends worth of work.  This period was admittedly so frantic that Topher did not take any pics except 1!  Sorry all.  8 bins of garbage construction materials were removed...
One of the Removal Specialists...


The Attic... the six kinds of insulation we found were all removed and all the old shelving, pipes, walls (that were not supporting the roof) were taken out.


Then we had to figure out what we wanted to do with the Attic.  First... was it safe?  Full dimension 2x4 rafters were braced in different places, some rot and much warping was found.  At least 5 layers of roofing and one layer of plywood had been scabbed on over the decades... making the load on the roof way more than what could be handled.  An engineer was brought in and Topher asked him to calculate for two options... (1) leave braces in place, add materials and bracing to make the rafters strong enough to take the current load + snow/ice loads, and re-insulate, or (2) do some creative framing (thanks for the early lessons Dad) and make it into a room sometime in the future.  Option # 1 would have much greater energy efficiency but option #2 meant more potential square footage.  After much deliberation, Option 2 was chosen because of the significant repairs needed to make things stable and safe just for option #1.


The bracing were removed 1 by one as the rafters were sistered.  Vents were put in by Mammoth Heating and Ventilation for the kitchen and bathroom, and the laundry.

Since this would eventually become a room, the boarded up windows were replaced with new triple and quad pane windows from the 'extras' pile at Northerm... our local window manufacturer.

All of the 2x4 rafters were 'sistered' by 2x8 rafters with ties across the top

The entire attic roof and gable ends were sprayfoamed to seal and stabilize...  New walls were framed to re-form the sides of the room.  All of the electrical had to be replaced upstairs because of how dangerous everything was.  New LED lighting, electrical heat, safe plugs, etc. were installed.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Things You Sometimes Do For Yourself, And Wished the Faires Did More Often

There are things I sometimes do for myself, and I think, wouldn't this be so much better if it just 'happened' because the house fairies did it:

  • a perfect fire (just warming with a little bit of flame, not so hot you can't be in the same room) with a clean hearth;
  • a perfectly mixed mood and weather suitable cocktail;
  • a newspaper, comfy chair and foot stool;
  • followed by a delicious meal. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Crooked House Reno Post #2

The first stage was to understand what the true condition of the house was.  It was time to understand fully... what have we gotten ourselves into?  Following on the House Inspection findings, the estimates and thoughts of contractors and our own desire to have a safe, energy efficient rental for our new tenant/s... we needed to come up with a game plan.