So phase two of the renovations is nearing completion. We were told to expect ‘eight weeks’ from the time the bank account was emptied last August before we take delivery of the new units. So we (I) naturally assumed we would be taking delivery of the windows and exterior doors sometime late last October.
Our designer also told us (me) the later ‘in the Spring’ we take to decide whether or not to proceed the longer that eight week lead time could become. Wait a tick: Did he just say ‘in the Spring’? What happened between ‘the Spring’ and August? One wonders.
So here we are. Ready to greet daffodils through the panes of new windows and doors.
From the Outside
We have to admit the installation has gone very well. A couple of hiccups but nothing our installer Cam and Merino his trusty (and I have it on good authority fairly cute too) side kick couldn’t quickly solve. These guys are great. Polite, skilled, professional, and a credit to Heritage Millwork.
Removal and installation of three windows and four exterior doors took just under five days. On the exterior of the house there is both stucco and cedar shingle to match in addition to increasing the opening size on a couple of the units.
In the master bedroom the window unit on the left (photo below) will be extended down closer to the floor. Affording a better outside aspect primarily for the benefit of the cat. We (farmersdooter) decided to transform the window unit on the right…
Removing Old Glazing
… into a patio door unit. In case you were wondering, and why wouldn’t you, that is the aforementioned cuteness contemplating the plating.
Now its a Door Opening
Must admit, when farmersdotter offers renovation advise it generally is a very good idea. I love the Master Patio Door…
Now its a Door
…although that implies a patio. Soon. One wonders.
The end of the season is in sight. Not much time to finish planting and to do all the things one does around a farm before the water lines get blown out at the end of the month. I really would rather not spare the time but we simply can’t wait any longer to complete phase two of the house renovations. This month we receive new windows to replace the last of the jittery single pane, maybe good for a green house window, windows.
Although I’ll miss the cardboard in the panes, new windows will go in. New exterior doors going in too. Every time the wind gusted from the west we thought for sure the glass pane on the porch door, which is held in place by one loose toggle and a bent nail, was going to blow in and smash into a gabillion pieces.
Everyone who sees our old windows and doors think it a shame to replace such lovely relics from the past. Pay our hydro bills and we’ll consider keeping them. We have however, ordered windows and doors that virtually match the retirees they replace, replicating the solid wood mullions and bronze hardware. Our old units will stay with us and most probably be recycled into a greenhouse somewhere.
This morning we head into town to gather the materials necessary to install the new wood stove. The cemented area was originally designed to accept a built in fireplace but we opted for a simpler and more efficient wood stove. The cavity will be filled with layers of cement board to the level of the sub floor. We removed a radius from the fir floor to provide sweep below the arc of the stove door as it opens which satisfies code.
Wood Stove Pad
Not to sure how many phases remain. farmersdotter controls most of that but each phase gets less mandatory and more enjoyable.
It has been two weeks since possession. The promise of a beautiful spring day is inspiring:
Early Morning Inspiration
There is a lot more to accomplish inside before the spring weather demands our full attention outside. With most of the walls painted and floors refinished there still remains a bedroom sub floor to rip up. Hopefully an easy method to level and flatten the floor will reveal itself:
On a walk about the other day ‘farmersdotter’ spied some old fir planking resting in a lean-to that once planed would make a wonderful new floor for the bedroom. That reminds me, creating a wood shop is another project. In the meantime ‘farmersdotter’ discovered a hidden fir floor lurking under a coat of paint in the bathroom. By the time we get through all that paint we probably could have bought a floor sander for the rental cost:
Hidden Fir Floor
But before that we must make the trek to Vernon to pick up ‘farmersdotter’ latest treasure. A vintage 40″ 4-burner stove bought at auction. Apparently every modern kitchen must have one:
40" 4-Burner Stove
So here is the problem. We are are about to move into a farm house that has been scabbed onto and improved upon over the years by a series of well meaning owners and well meaning neighbours who possessed little working knowledge of local building codes. They regarded local building codes as something that, well those local codes really don’t apply out here in the district… “So yeah. Thats not gonna go anywhere… Should hold. Okay. See ya!…” Purchasing ‘as is, where is’ is something you must be comfortable with when acquiring a farm property.
For the benefit of farmersdotter, the following photos were taken prior to us moving in and consequently we can not accept responsibility for their content.
As you can see from the photo below there is no provision for exhausting steam and fumes from the stove:
To complicate matters the floor beneath has eight inches or so clearance which prevents access for a downdraft unit. Your Renovation Ideas Welcome.
There are two hideous support posts in the living area that define what once must have been an exterior wall:
I am hoping to have these removed by installing an engineered beam. Your Renovation Ideas Welcome.
Lastly, for now, every window and door in the house should be replaced:
I plan to preserve the old units for posterity but they provide no benefit to a 21st century home renovation. Your Renovation Ideas Welcome… Please.