Old Stone House

Board, Baton and Soffit

October 22, 2007

Filed under: Ugly Addition @ 4:52 pm

soffitthumb.jpgBetween this blog, my house, and work, my life centers on ‘updating’. Every time I finish updating the house, I try to update my blog. In truth, the updating of the house has stolen a bit of my vigor for updating the blog.

However, all is not lost! I managed to spend the better part of this week making slow but steady progress on the back of the house. I replaced all of the soffits around the bathroom, as well as bang out all the kinks in the gutters and down pipes. I finally found the hole that the squirrel had been using to live in the soffits, as well as his 35lb nest. Sadly, I also discovered that parts of the roof are ‘weak’, and some genius sealed up the air passage between the soffits and the roof rafters.

(more agony and joy…)

Worst Windows Ever

October 11, 2007

Filed under: Ugly Addition @ 2:19 pm

windowsmall.jpgIt was with immeasurable glee that I began removing the windows from the bathroom this past weekend. Ever since moving in 3+ years ago, I have found endless entertainment in imagining what was going through the previous renovator’s head when the decision was made to install two P.O.S. ancient basement-storm-windows in the bathroom. I’m humored as I imagine how any reputable contractor could convince themselves to tack-screw these glorified wafers of aquarium glass to the walls of any house without having either an immense hate for the owners, or a complete lack of sense. What stupefies me more is how the previous owners managed to live with these windows for 5+ years! The windows have a negative R value, leak endlessly, fall out when you attempt to open them, and once closed are as drafty as they are open!

(more agony and joy…)

Building A Brake

October 8, 2007

Filed under: Ugly Addition @ 10:25 am

brakesmall.jpgAccording to my father, sun rooms are notorious for leaking, and having only removed siding as the base of the windows I can already see that he’s probably right. There was a strange amount of silicone pumped into every nook and cranny around the edges of the siding – huge inch-wide gaps glued together with the stuff. The trouble is that the sunroom doesn’t have any overhangs around the large windows, so each of the exposed seams has to be water-tight to avoid problems. (I’m guessing by the gobs of silicone that I pulled out of the wall that there have been issues in the past…)

(more agony and joy…)

Our House Has An Ugly Secret

October 2, 2007

Filed under: Ugly Addition @ 5:11 pm

Actually our house has two secrets. The first secret is that our lovely Victorian façade is designed to conceal the atrocious higgly-piggly-cream-vinyl-clad addition at the rear of the house – an 80’s sunroom (complete with curves stained beams). The second secret – a secret that the house has kept from its owners for 3 years – is that the ‘addition’ is a wet, rotten, carpenter-ant-infested ruin.

(more agony and joy…)