Estelle Jan 2007

Estelle Jan 2007
This is the home built by John Nelson

Friday, November 16, 2007

Hurry before winter gets here!

Yipee -The gas fireplaces are installed (not yet working) but we're on our way. The house originally would have had a heatilator in every room (a sign of the owner's wealth in the time). I'm sure they helped keep the home warm.
The Campbell's told us about a large cast iron grate/vent that was to the west of the stairs in the hall - and directly above an old coal furnace. The grate would get very hot - but because of its central location, would help warm the house. We do have the furnace back up and running. It was starting to get cold without it.

Ripping down the porch that was converted into the main floor bathroom. This is the South side of the house.

As we ripped off the siding of the west porch, we discovered that the second story was supported on the south and north sides each by a 3/4 inch thick piece of wood. Wow!
No wonder the dogs didn't like to go out onto the second floor porch. :)

You can see our wall support we constructed before we ripped out the corners and replaced them will new walls.

A close up of the SW corner support before we tore it out.

Here you can see the view as we ripped down the old walls of the porch to replace them - and prepare for windows.

The long chute on from the second story porch let us easily toss down debris from the second story (when we were uncovering the walls from the SW bedroom.

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