Dark windows, Snow-chi olympics and moving walls

I’ll apologize in advance for some of the pictures in today’s post.  Until today, the pictures of our renovation were taken in the daytime so we had the benefit of natural daylight.  Today’s pictures were taken tonight, so the lighting is a bit….shall we say….creepy.

Nah - nothing creepy here.

Nah – nothing creepy here.

The truth is, something spooked me so I took the pictures and got out of there as quick as I could (I’ll show you later).  So, on that note:

Production has been a bit slow on the home-front this week.  Although we want to spend as much time as possible as we can with demolition while we await spring’s thaw, we’ve been pulled away from the house a couple of times this week.

As you read in our last post, Sunday was a snow day.  The snow didn’t stop until late in the evening so Monday became our day to dig out.  And dig we did.  I’d say if snow shovelling were an Olympic event, I’d be a contender this year.  Forty centimeters of the white stuff fell, but drifted to almost three feet in our driveway.

There was grass here last week

There was grass here last week

I thank the good Lord for our neighbor….and his tractor-mounted snowblower.  In three quick passes, he cleared the snow from our driveway and we only had the side-yard and back-yard deal with.

Seriously - gold medal contender

Seriously – gold medal contender

Mind you, Monday was also a holiday here in Prince Edward Island.  I expected to be shovelling for the better part of the day, but with Orville’s help, that was cut down to less than three hours.

I call it "Mount Russmore"

I call it “Mount Russmore”

And since it was a holiday, we just enjoyed the rest day off and watched some of the Olympic coverage (go, Canada!).  Then there was the bird.

A starling, in an attempt to escape Sunday’s storm, made it’s way into our attic – only to get trapped there.  I was tempted to lock our two cats up there with it and let nature take it’s course, but Vanessa wasn’t agreeable to that.   So, garbage bags in hand, we headed upstairs.  No, we weren’t going to try to catch the bird – the bags were to blackout the windows – except one, which was opened to the outside.  Within minutes, the bird was out, and I’m presuming warning it’s friends and family about the old white house with bird carcasses in the attic.

Tuesday on the other hand was a typical demolition-day.  The main cape of the house is almost completely gutted now – just a little lath and insulation to remove from the front bedroom and we’ll move into the hallway and Master Bedroom.

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Curiously enough, I was surprised with the order of the construction of the house.  In today’s construction, the house would be framed completely and the wall finishes (typically drywall) applied.  Here’s the order I see in our house:

  1. Exterior walls and roof framed complete
  2. Lath applied to the exterior walls and ceiling
  3. Frame the interior walls
  4. Apply lath to the interior walls
  5. Plaster complete

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Not a big deal, right?  Right.  Except the top plate of the interior walls were only fastened to the ceiling lath – so, as we remove the lath, the tops of our interior partitions have no connection to the ceiling joists -and with the lath and strapping removed, the stud wall is about 1-1/4″ shorter than height of the ceiling joists.

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What does that mean for us?  The easiest thing to do is simply re-frame the interior walls.  We were going to make some small changes to the spare bedroom closet and introduce a linen closet anyhow – so replacing the remaining walls will be actually be easier than working around the existing framing.

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The beauty of it is this – there are no interior load-bearing walls in the main cape, so we have the freedom to move or relocate the walls as we see fit.  We likely wouldn’t change the layout much from what’s currently there – although adding an additional 12″ to the width of the bathroom would make a huge difference.

It’s not surprising to find some remnants of the previous owner’s life here in the house.  Removing the ceiling and insulation from the attic has left a small pile of someone’s history.  No, nothing exceptional, and no buried treasure map either – but it’s still pretty neat to look at.

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The funny one was a Radio Shack flyer from the ’80s.  A mobile cellular phone for $1000, a 40MB hard drive, and a $800 VCR.

Technology.

Technology.

So, there you have it.  Aside from the snow – and another 20 centimeters of snow forecasted for tonight, it’s been a good week.  Oh yes, you’re wondering what spooked me upstairs tonight, correct?  Remember, the light was dim – and it is a bit creepy up there at night – when something caught my eye in the window:

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Seriously!  Wouldn’t this guy staring at you from outside your window frighten you, too?

BOO!

BOO!

Now something to cleanse your palate: Monday was Islander’s Day here in PEI – Family Day in Ontario.  So with the snow, holiday, demolition, freeing trapped birds and old discoveries in the attic, what was the highlight of our week so far?

Drummer, #1 Mom, Model, Best Brother, (soon-to-be) Sis-in-law

Family

One thought on “Dark windows, Snow-chi olympics and moving walls

  1. So much fun reading your blog.As for technology….so amazing and imagine that’s happened in your lifetime:)))) The highlight of my week too was skyping with you guys.Looking forward to more.

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