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    Taking off a layer in the summer heat

    A person living in Washington state understands the concept of layering.  Just yesterday we were wearing a t-shirt and sweatshirt even though we are in summer.  Today the sweatshirt layer was removed and only a t-shirt was needed.   The stripping of a layer for this old farmhouse is not nearly as simple as taking off that cozy sweatshirt.  Stripping the 94-year aged paint layers is going to take a lot of work and time.   We don’t want to neglect this sweet old place for another winter so the exterior is being bumped up on our priority list.  We will do some rebuilding of the porch and removing the layers of…

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    I am floored!!!

    We were pleasantly surprised when we dug past all the mess in this old house to reveal the original fir wood floor.  The downstairs bathroom was the only room that required floor removal because of some dry-rotted areas. Removing the fir from that room, which will be replaced with tile, gave enough fir material to patch some areas throughout the house that needed patching.  This was one of many times that I thought “how did he know how to do that?” yet he did.  He, being my crew of one (crew of one is my term of endearment for Paul in case you have not been reading previous blog posts).…

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    Stay tuned while we go to commercial break

    You may recall from a previous post we acknowledged we aren’t like HGTV from the standpoint we don’t have a crew that sweeps in to get the job done in a week.  We also don’t have commercial breaks.  We don’t have that time during the project when a dramatic situation is revealed, bringing with it a big surprise setback. An example of such a setback could be something like discovering a crack in the foundation wall.  On the shows, the dramatic element is revealed as the big decision is made as to how to proceed within the budget. ...The show goes to commercial break… Our farmhouse restoration does not get…

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    Welcome distractions

    Its been a while since we’ve written a post.   What can I say…we’ve been distracted. We are excited to make a lot of progress on our restoration this summer.  It would be so exciting to dig in and have the house completely finished in the fall. We know that’s not going to happen because, although we plan to really dig in and work hard, we will not compromise the welcome distraction of friends and family.  This farmhouse restoration is personal, it’s not a “get it done” project. We are restoring and making this place home. We are doing so with quality and love. To outsiders, the progress might seem slow…

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    When is it time to smooth things over?

    I would guess that we have all done or said something that gave us a feeling of regret?  For me personally, that usually happens when I am tired and become impatient with someone for no reason of relevance.  Paul has been the recipient of such a response more than anyone because he gets the best of me at the end of a long day.  For me, a time of fatigue goes along with impatience.   When that impatient part of me surfaces I typically get and immediate feeling of regret.  The recognition that I said something in haste is a response that tells me I should smooth things over by explaining…

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    Honey do list

    Do you have a honey do list at your house? Do you need to take out the garbage, mow the lawn, take the dog for a walk?….What is on your honey-do list? Paul’s Honey Do List: Tile: kitchen, bathroom (wall and floor) Install shiplap throughout the house Repair floor (feathering in old growth fir into gaps in existing fir) Refinish floor Install trim Refinish doors Refinish built in cabinets Install finished electrical Install plumbing and lighting fixtures Install wood stove and pipe Install kitchen cabinets Build kitchen island Build counter in the laundry room Level and resurface floor in the laundry room Build 2 barn doors Finish air conditioning installation…

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    Insulated from the world

    Old houses are often considered spooky. That could be a result of mental images from books or movies. Or, it could be because old houses were not insulated, therefore being cold and loud. The echo and/or creaking sound that can occur with the slightest movement can create a spooky feeling. Insulation is the remedy for that spook factor. One small part of our immense cleanup project was to remove feathers that were in the walls. They really aren’t feathers though. They look exactly like feathers but, the feather-like material was actually fiberglass that was stuffed into the space created by the flare of the outer walls. How those acted as…

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    The grass is always greener…

    The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence…not true for us. Since we don’t have a fence yet that could not be true. More so, we are so thankful for the opportunity to restore this farmhouse that we are too grateful and too busy to wish for more. Also not true because we are enjoying our grass, weeds and all, more than we can say. Mowing was fun with our first riding lawn mower. The smell brought great joy. Which of your five senses do you consider your strongest? Of course there are challenges if any of the senses are absent, yet I am going to…

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    I wrote a story about a broken window

    Have you heard the saying “windows are the eyes of your home”? Interesting thought, right? Occupants look out into their world and let the light of day shine through them. In the past, windows were not used the same way we use them today, functionally speaking. The purpose of a double hung window was for ventilation. The top sash would be lowered to allow the hot air to leave the house, while the bottom sash was raised to allow the cool air in. With modern heating and air conditioning, the purpose of a window has changed. The purpose of bringing in light is the motive for much modern construction. Huge…

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    We are Rockin’ it!!!

    Did Rockin’ it get your attention? It’s true though, we are sheetROCKINg it! At this point, it is just delivery and staging but we are excited because progress is progress. This is a milestone because Mr. DIY (can you guess who that is?) didn’t try to do it all himself. The funny part of that is that the guy we hired to help him is a UW Physics graduate. Whatever it takes, right?