Category Archives: Caleb Turner

The Red House renovation continues

 

DSC_3748When I found Miss Hague’s letters and checks I dropped into the research rabbit hole to find out what I could about her. I came across a considerable amount of information that will make a fun and interesting post one day, but now it is time to get back to writing about all the work we have done on the red house.

There is a lot to document as I  catch up with this blog. The project is not a sprint, but more like a marathon and today I feel our renovation is at the 20 mile marker, so close and yet still so far to go. Kind of like this spring.

I have been scrolling through the hundreds of photographs I have taken and it is an astounding reminder of all the work we have poured into this renovation, and how much progress we have made.

I wonder how to condense it all, without driving everyone, including me, to boredom. Pictures help but…..In my writing workshops with Michelle Gillett I have been working on  a new writing style-condensing a ten year period of time to only two pages using short, three word sentences. I think it is a really cool exercise and thought I would use it to try to capture the renovation progress of three months, October, November and December,into three word sentences, with photos of course.

I hope it works. It should be an easy read.

The renovation continues.

Plaster is removed

Lath is removed.

It is dusty

Insulation is bagged

Bags and bags of old insulation...ick
Bags and bags of old insulation…ick

Windows come out

We could not restore the corner windows in the master bedroom. This is the beginning of reframing and opening up the corner for more dramatic windows.
We could not restore the corner windows in the master bedroom. This is the beginning of reframing and opening up the corner for more dramatic windows.
We could not restore this window in the living room either- too much rot from water damage
We could not restore this window in the living room either- too much rot from water damage

Floors are removed

The original wide plank floor boards in the kitchen are carefully removed one by one so they can be restored.   The opaque white bubbles that can be seen in the photograph are the particles of dust and old insulation flying around- definitely respirator worthy.
The original wide plank floor boards in the kitchen are carefully removed one by one so they can be restored. The opaque white bubbles that can be seen in the photograph are the particles of dust and old insulation flying around- definitely respirator worthy.
These are the original wide plank floor boards stacked and ready for repurpose
These are the original wide plank floor boards stacked and ready for repurpose

 

Basement has dirt

Dig out dirt

The floors removed in the original two rooms of the house. Underneath is a small basement space , but mostly crawl space and dirt which had to be removed.
The floors removed in the original two rooms of the house. Underneath is a small basement space , but mostly crawl space and dirt which had to be removed.

 

Plywood is laid

The kitchen in the red house. Plywood down, and new framing. Note the make shift supports like lally columns to hold up the house.
The kitchen in the red house. Plywood down, and new framing. Note the make shift supports like lally columns to hold up the house.

Walls come down

Writing is discovered

When we broke through the wall separating two bedroom upstairs we discovered writing on the walls...turns out the room had always been one room, but the family who lived in the house put a wall up so each of their daughters would not have to share a bedroom.
When we broke through the wall separating two bedroom upstairs we discovered writing on the walls…turns out the room had always been one room, but the family who lived in the house put a wall up so each of their daughters would not have to share a bedroom. This is Tara’s autograph wall circa 1986

 

Walls are re framed

Framing the new kitchen wall. Before the space looking straight ahead to the door was a make shift laundry room and hallway.
Framing the new kitchen wall. Before the space looking straight ahead to the door was a make shift laundry room and hallway.
Framing in the hallway, bath and laundry, and "gallery" space by front door
Framing in the hallway, bath and laundry, and “gallery” space by front door

New windows are framed

Back to one room- On the far left you can make out the original roof line of the salt box.
Back to one room- On the far left you can make out the original roof line of the salt box.

Tree work begins

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Then it snows

The front entrance room, plywood down for floors, and new framing
The front entrance room, plywood down for floors, and new framing and snow…………..

We are frustrated

Arborist is undaunted

Caleb Turner getting prepared
Caleb Turner getting prepared

He is fearless

Caleb Turner in the trees
Caleb Turner in the trees

Locust is tall

Holding my camera in two hands, holding my breath watching Cal climb his way up into the tree
Holding my camera in two hands, holding my breath watching Cal climb his way up into the tree

Locust is rotten

Locust is removedIMG_2278_2

Basement is opened

The stairs down to the creepy basement. The foundation now opened to the outside
The stairs down to the creepy basement. The foundation now opened to the outside

Access is easier

The basement access now cleared for oil tank removal, new footings and all kinds of concrete.
The basement access now cleared for oil tank removal, new footings and all kinds of concrete.

 

Extricate oil tank

Happy Oil tank removers
Happy Oil tank removers

Snow is slippery

Slide tank out

The snow came in handy- sliding the oil tank down the hill
The snow came in handy- sliding the oil tank down the hill
Safe and sound
Safe and sound

 

 

Concrete truck arrives

The cement mixer arrives
The cement mixer arrives

Concrete is poured

 

December 31, 2014