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Posted March 17, 2014 - 05:12 AM

You've made serious progress Troy. The pictures make it look easy but renovations are always disruptive and usually end up revealing extra work and expense as you tear into things. Congrats to you and your family on meeting all the challenges and thanks for documenting it here.


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 06:40 AM

Lookin Good! :thumbs: Thanks for the tour. Nice upgrade in kitchen, I found it easier to let the light cans dangle while painting ceilings. Does your roofline have a dip or is that an illusion? I'd imagine there'd be some telling cracks on some walls to reflect settling if any?

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Posted March 17, 2014 - 06:52 AM

Troy, I'm glad to hear from you.  I was beginning to think we needed to send out a search party. 

 

Looks like you're making some progress, that's the kind of home after my own heart.

 

Ben W.


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 08:51 AM

Buying an old house is great.
 
My current home is much of the same as yours.  Awhile it looked ok and was solid, the 94 year old man's taste in decoration was a little rough.  Floral print wall papers, red carpet, it was pretty tough.
 
Being my current situation with not being home but on the weekends we painted over much of the wall paper and have left it alone until things get settled.

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Posted March 17, 2014 - 09:13 AM

Thats some great work, when you gonna come and do mine?

 

I am no familiar with unions, when you say your a union carpenter, does that mean residential or commercial?


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 09:37 AM

So your not keeping that little sink by the window cut into the trim :D  The house looks great...nice old trim. Will you still be using the old pocket door? These old houses were nice but all the doors & walls are just too much in todays construction with the open concept feeling. The reason back then & I can remember during the cold winter months the rooms not used were blocked off to help keep the rest of the house warm. I would help my Dad do this...gosh I'm getting old  :tapping_fingers:

 

Yes, the pocket doors will remain. They are one of things that my wife fell in love with. From what I can tell, every cased opening had a door on it at one point or another, which I might add, are stored in the attic. You can see where wood fillers were added to all of the hinge cutouts in each cased opening. As I go room to room with each remodel, I'm planning on running the radiator feed and return lines back into the walls. They were exposed to each room back then to help or aid in heating, but in today's day and age, they need to be hidden.


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 09:40 AM

Keep all your porcelain knobs & tubes the stuff sells at flea markets & Ebay.

 All of them are being stored in a box. One thing that really surprises me, is how they tied on a feed to another. Basically just stripped a section of wire, wrapped the feed wire around it, and taped it. Really surprised that this house is still standing, and that it hasn't caught fire over the years. 



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Posted March 17, 2014 - 09:49 AM

I would say original for a few reasons. Fluted door casings are wide enough, corner blocks are too. Raised panel doors look to be solid wood. Base board looks to be one piece milled & not 1x8 with a cap.  Receptacles recessed in the baseboard. Door hardware looks original. The whole house is consistant whether painted or stained. The entry I would say is defintely original. Like you said it's hard to see in some areas. It's going to be a good project to follow.

You are correct Jim. The trim and doors are original to the house. The doors are solid wood, but the baseboard is actually two pieces. However, the baseboard wood is exactly 1" thick instead of your normal 3/4" thickness. The door hardware has fancy hinges with scrolling details, the lock sets are all mortised locks and only lock with bone keys. Some of the knobs are a thin metal knob, some are wood knobs, and some are shinny with a wood grain feature. All of the trim was originally stained, but has been painted over with brown paint, I guess to try and make it still look like stained trim. Most of the plint blocks that are shown at the upper corners of the trim, are split, so I'm not sure how many I'll be able to salvage for reuse. Just don't make trim like this anymore.


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 09:52 AM

Great old house, I always wished the walls could talk :thumbs:

But I did freak out a tad when I realized the pictures of the outside were neighbors homes. A little to close for my liking.

I need to pee around my property, and I'm thinking the neighbors would frown on that :watch_over_fence:

It is a little too close Zippy, but my neighbors are all great. We all get along so well, that if I would have the urge to pee outside, I don't think any of them would say much.



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Posted March 17, 2014 - 09:59 AM

Lookin Good! :thumbs: Thanks for the tour. Nice upgrade in kitchen, I found it easier to let the light cans dangle while painting ceilings. Does your roofline have a dip or is that an illusion? I'd imagine there'd be some telling cracks on some walls to reflect settling if any?

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Yes, the roof line has quite a bit of bow to it. I had it checked out, and was told that it will be fine, as it's just an old house. Eventually, I'm planning on reinforcing the roof from the attic, keeping everything lined up with all of my load bearing walls down through the house. I'll slowly jack up the roof line a little at a time, trying to straighten things as I go, but that won't be until it's closer to needing the roof replaced. It's not broke now, so I'll wait to fix it.


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 10:04 AM

 

Buying an old house is great.
 
My current home is much of the same as yours.  Awhile it looked ok and was solid, the 94 year old man's taste in decoration was a little rough.  Floral print wall papers, red carpet, it was pretty tough.
 
Being my current situation with not being home but on the weekends we painted over much of the wall paper and have left it alone until things get settled.

 

One thing fortunate for us, there is only one layer of wall paper on the walls and ceilings. No paint or primer under them. If we were planning on scraping the paper, it wouldn't be that much work. However, each room will have the plaster walls and ceilings along with the wood lathe removed, so removing wall paper won't be much of an issue!


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 10:08 AM

Thats some great work, when you gonna come and do mine?

 

I am no familiar with unions, when you say your a union carpenter, does that mean residential or commercial?

I was a commercial carpenter. We would build anything from multistory Hotels, Casinos, Parking Garages, Hospitals, Schools, etc. I've been out of the Union for numerous years now, but really appreciate all that I have learned throughout those years of being a member. The pay rate was good, but the whole union B.S. just wasn't worth it anymore. (No offense to any union members out there!)


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 10:22 AM

Thanks for the update, Troy.  I was wondering how the new (to you) house was coming.  It looks like it is coming along quite well and I love what you have done with the kitchen and that ceiling looks great!  Looking forward to following the rest of the project. 


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 11:35 AM

Great old house, I always wished the walls could talk :thumbs:

But I did freak out a tad when I realized the pictures of the outside were neighbors homes. A little to close for my liking.

I need to pee around my property, and I'm thinking the neighbors would frown on that :watch_over_fence:

Your whizzin with the choir on that one Zippy, I'm spoiled on 20 acres.


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Posted March 17, 2014 - 11:37 AM

very nice home good luck


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