A Painted Floor

A Painted Floor

Recently, I decided it was time to do something about the basement floor.  Not only was it ugly, but because of numerous irregularities and textures, it was awkward to sweep and keep clean.  Even though I'm still hanging sheetrock, I decided to go ahead and paint the...

Waterproofing and Insulation

Waterproofing and Insulation

With the ceiling cleaned up and the new windows installed, it's time to work on the walls.   The basement has had a history of dampness, and the problem spots became rather apparent once the wainscot was removed.  The lower part of the foundation wall is of poured...

Moral Dilemmas

Moral Dilemmas

I hate this part.  You know - the moral quandaries that are an inherent part of any renovation project.  This post will cover two recent dilemmas - one involving a built-in and one involving basement windows. Dilemma 1: The former living/dining area was originally...

Removing the Insulation

Removing the Insulation

As you last remember, the basement had been gutted.  When the ceiling came down, batts of "Balsam-Wool" - a type of cellulose insulation - were revealed.  The product had a very handsome label:   There was a similar label in green, and I saved all that were in...

Demo Time!

Demo Time!

Before we get into the demolition, I would like to point out that I have been an ardent preservationist for my entire life (starting at age 5 when I retrieved from the trash barrel original hardware and lighting fixtures which my father had just discarded from our...

A Peek Inside…

A Peek Inside…

And now for a quick tour of my new project.  It's not pretty, but with a little elbow grease it will become comfortable.  We'll start at the front door...                         And that concludes our brief...

In the Beginning…

In the Beginning…

Since childhood I've been obsessed with old (19th century and earlier) houses and was fairly certain that one day I would find the right one.  Imagine my internal anguish when, after buying, living in, renovating, and selling several Victorian-era houses, I...