Tuesday, 5 August 2014

We Rock! Remodelling an Old Stone House, Part III

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Down to the basement we go.  When we bought this house a few years ago the basement was all built in with several rooms.  We tore them all out, and tore up the wood floor that had been built to try to level off the uneven cement.  I wish I had a picture of it, but alas, if I took one, I don't know where it is now.  We had just done a rough tear out so we carried on and finished tearing out any leftovers. 

 Johnny and Buddy decided that we should tear up the cement floor since it was so poorly done. When they poured the floor they lay rock down all across the ground and then poured cement over it.   Johnny broke it up with a sledge hammer (he IS a machine!!), then we threw all the rocks and cement out the window, then I went out and threw it all into a trailer.  We were lucky to have help from Jasmin and Dan one day, and Budd spent some time there too, those days we got a lot done, they rock too!!!

Johnny (AKA Manuel) in action.

The whole floor, one sledge at a time.

Almost done!

We had to leave the supports in place until we got the new beams up.

 Out with the old and in with the new, some of the "character" in this house is just a little too much for Buddy.  He's not an old school kind of guy!

I've got to admit the new beam looks a lot better than the old log.

View #2

That's it for now, next time we will be going back upstairs to start rebuilding, yay!

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Monday, 4 August 2014

Rusty Antique Wire Bed Frame Made Into a Bench

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Why oh why do I forget to take before pictures?  Not that there was much to this to begin with.  When I bought the log house from my brother this footboard (I still have the headboard) was in the bush in all of it's wonderful rusty beauty!  Johnny tried to throw it to the dump but I hid it away one day when he wasn't there.  Ha ha, he was pretty upset with me because I'm a "hoarder", no I'm not a hoarder, I am a junker, big difference!  Anyway, I figured out a way to attached the seat part to the footboard.  After that I used some old chair legs and some 2 X 4's to create this bench. 

I dry brushed the footboard to bring out the details, but left the rustic look of it.
I had no idea what I was going to use for fabric when I remembered that I had this piece.  The two just seem to make a wonderful marriage!  I love the modern bold print with the antique look of the bench.

It's a happy little piece isn't it?

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Tuesday, 29 July 2014

We Rock! Remodelling an Old Stone House Part II

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This post will have quite a few pictures, but not very much writing.  If you missed Part I check it out here.  
This is the main floor of the house, I took some before pics on this floor.  This is the main entrance looking toward the kitchen at the back of the house.


Living room from entrance.

Living room toward dining room.

Living room toward entrance.


Okay, the fun is over, here is Manuel working in the front entrance.

I like the arch on the ceiling.  The stairs to the basement are on the right.

All done in the entrance.

The Pillsbury Dough Boy dropped by to help, oh wait, that's me ;) 
Johnny finally takes a picture and this is the best he can do?

Okay, that's better.

Hmmm, maybe there is a reason there aren't many pictures of me.  After we knocked down the plaster, we had to carry it by shovel through the house and throw it in the trailer.

Room # 2 done!  We got a break in this room as someone had already taken down the lath and plaster from the ceiling, oh how we wished they had gone further, but no, just this ceiling was done.

Room #3 Dining Room

The last wall on this floor, heading down the basement stairs.

Here's something funny, Johnny took down a heat vent and this clock slipped out of it.  I can't 
imagine there was very good air flow going into that room.

Are you all as tired as I am?  Drop by for a visit, 26 King St.

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Monday, 28 July 2014

We Rock! Remodelling an Old Stone House, Part I

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This is our big project that we are working on now that we are "retired".  Retirement, you are a lot of work, time to find a day job ;)  

This is what the rooms looked like before we got at them.  It is a four bedroom house so multiply what you see by four, add a bathroom and open area in the middle.

We were surprised to find out that this is a solid stone house, 16" of stone, not stone clad onto wood.  Yay!  We were so proud of our first wall.  Each wall had strapping, then lath and plaster, then at least 3 layers of tar paper, one layer of wax paper (heavy duty) then strapping and drywall.  Not to mention layers of wall paper. Every wall we demolished was 2 walls worth. What a lot of work.  Only the ceiling had insulation, three kinds!  Vermiculite, wood shavings, and fiberglas blow in.  We live in Canada where we get -40 degrees in winter, there was no insulation in the walls at all!

 During the time that we did tear down we  got rid of the top layer of gyproc and first layer of strapping.  At this point we popped off the plaster, then came back and popped off the lath.  The reason we did this was because we always separated the wood pieces from the rest of the mess.  We took the wood home and burned it and the rest went to the dump. 

Here is Johnny (Manuel) ready to do damage!

Day after day we made a mess, and then cleaned it up, made a mess, and then cleaned it up!

Johnny made a trough so we could shovel the junk into it and it would slide down into the truck, my job was to stand in the trailer and spread the debris around so we could pack in as much as possible (we later upgraded to a dumping trailer, that was a big help).

On to room 2

And room 3... and so on, and so on.

 Time to get rid of some of the lath.

This part was enjoyable (and believe me, it was the only enjoyable part).

Finally down to the last wall of the top floor,

and heading down the stairs to the main level.

This is just a small part of the mess that we dealt with day after day.

I couldn't tell you how many truck loads of wood we took out of here, or how many pounds of gyproc and plaster, heavy, dirty, dusty work.  My life has been threatened if I should ever buy an old house again ;)  
And just so you know, I was working beside Manuel all through this, he just never takes the pictures.

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