It’s great working in a crew, even if said crew is only two people strong. Our particular crew took the week off before Christmas to plow through our To Do list.
After my recent discovery of antique wallpaperÂ in the stair well, I was continuing to chair the Save the Plaster Initiative. I finally worked out a system to remove the hardboard involving scoring, peeling, spritzing, and scraping. Everything about it was labor intensive, filthy, and tedious.
I like the little colorful flourishes. So pretty.
While in process, Brandon looked up at me with a face. I know that face. I frowned at him, asking if he thought I was crazy. His response was “mildly.” Hurmph. Well. That is perfectly okay because I have no interest in doing the equally tedious and labor intensive activity of shimming the studs pre-drywalling. Divide and conquer! Team work! Though he did build me scaffolding. Which is magnificent.
All in all the entire wall took around twenty hours to clear. It is glorious.
After finishing the wall, we also managed to:
- Rebuild the door frame and narrow the door (currently replaced with plywood and insulation. Classy. I also haven’t seen natural light in the downstairs hall in a month.)
- Remove the whole house fan, lay vapor barrier under the existing insulation so we could reuse it, and gut the upstairs ceiling.
- Replace old 14″ ducting with new, narrower ducting, and replace the stud that was cut to make way for aforementioned enormous ducting.
- Install not one but TWO new beautiful gorgeous magnificent white 2/2 windows and reframe around them to the proper size.
- Reseal around the both windows (because there’s nothing like a crash course in exterior water prevention AFTER you’ve installed your first window).
- Sister beams against the sagging ceiling joists and install stringers to improve strength of the upstairs hall ceiling.
- Install various support studs for drywall in corners.
- Run all the electrical downstairs.
- Run all the electrical upstairs.
- Run all the main feed wires for all the upstairs rooms and attic.
- Repair bouncy floorboards.
- Remove the wallboard from the rest of the downstairs plaster.
- Install plaster buttons on all plaster surfaces.
- Shim about half of the walls for drywall.
- Find the most PERFECT front door ever.
- Drywall the ceiling of the upstairs hall.
- Restore four of our five light fixtures.
Clearing the insulation so we could lay down vapor barrier before gutting the ceiling.
Proof I actually do something – not just take pictures.
Nothing says fun like sawing through your ceiling joists.
Are you impressed?
It’s a Victorian house. Why 6/6 windows. WHY?
Up next we still need to:
- Shim the rest of the hall.
- Finish restoring the last light fixture.
- Level the door way to the North Room – or at least make it look level.
- Restore the front door and build an appropriate door jam.
- Drywall everything else.
- Plaster, mud, and sand.
- Hang lights.
- Install trim.
As a person with a mild fear of grates, vents, and drains, I will not at all miss the giant hulking house fan.
Very little of this task list is assigned to me. Well, it could be, but Brandon is the more detail oriented of us two so PASS. I actually tried to help with the shimming part but was gently nudged aside when it became apparent I wasn’t doing it correctly.Â Thus I will instead be the world’s best Go-Fer.
I am also shopping for rugs. Because there are priorities.