The Restoration

The culprit for the west wall/ceiling leak appeared to be a leaking eavestrough on the upper part of the west wall where it connects to the tower. Removing the shingle siding to access the rotted out wood. Behind the shingles, the sheathing wood is damp and spongy. The decorative wood removed, and the rotted out […]
We cleaned out the flower bed in front of the breezeway and put in some fall plants. View from the other direction.
The first thing to go was the carpet.  Under the carpet we found white brick patterned square, self-adhesive tiles.  We removed a few loose tiles and see that the original wood floor is under there, except that it’s painted a caramel brown color.  Rather than remove the tile completely, we decided to leave it in […]
The south wall and door leading to the foyer, taken shortly after we bought the house. It amazes me that no one ever got caught up in that wire leading from the thermostat to the furnace in the basement and yanked the whole thing out of the wall. The windows,  taken shortly after we bought […]
When we moved in, this room had paneling (painted bright blue) on the bottom part of the walls. Apparently, it was meant to be some sort of wainscoting. Above the paneling, the plaster walls were covered with a thick layer of wall texture compound. The texture was also slopped onto the ceiling and the woodwork. […]
That big pile on the patio?  Yeah, that’s the nasty trumpet vines.  Good riddance!
This picture was taken shortly after we purchased the house, but before we actually moved in.  At this point, the breezeway was still in fairly good condition, although it was beginning to show signs of deterioration.  Note the blue bracket that must have come loose from above the window at some point (the empty spot […]
These photos were taken shortly after we bought the house, but before we actually moved in.  As you can see in this shot, there were a few large trumpet vines trying to take over the side of the house.  There’s not really much of a “courtyard” here, but we have big plans… Shot of entire […]
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