Saturday, June 30, 2007
As a picture says 1000 words, listen to these:
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Below you can see how the new peaked-roof is visible from the front of the house.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
And here is yesterday's work:
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Otherwise I spent time inventorying our old door stock. We have some really nice options, but then my mind starts to dwell on door-opening direction. Do you know which way most doors open? Is the knob on the right and you push or on the left and you pull (which is left/pull or right pull the other direction)? Does it matter? Do they open into rooms or out? And is there a different rule for different rooms? You down with OCD? Yeah, you know me (yes, I know, the joke dates me).
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Above photo shows the new joists in the kitchen.
This shot gives an idea of the step-up to the master bedroom.
Today I will try to sort through our vintage door collection and choose which doors we want to use and where. That way we can give the rough dimensions to our contractors and they can frame the doors to the approximate size. We are lucky to have so many door options given that the house did not come with a single original door. In fact, the only 3 interior door in the whole house consisted of 2 super-cheap hollow core doors and 1 piece of plywood acting as a door!
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
This is where the brick wall used to separate the dining room area from the kitchen. Gone.
Here we have the reinforced ceiling joists and the big central beam to support the new roof configuration. It also shows the reinforced header on the pocket doors, which will enable it to bear some of the load caused by vaulting the ceiling in the front room.
Can't say how exciting it is to have substantial progress. More to follow...
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
And here is that same wall 6 hours later! No brick wall at all!
In addition to the contractors being on-site, the crew also brought Dottie, their "work dog". Dottie has been patrolling the back yard, keeping the squirrels at bay. Hopefully this will prevent any creatures from trying to move in during the framing portion of the job!
We are saving the chimney brick as it is exterior brick that matches the rest of the house exterior. Hopefully we will be able to re-use it for the brick facing on the future porch column bases.