We’re really thankful that our house is set up the way that it is. Work is still continuing on the floors right now. There are just two people here during the day, and basically, the front of the house is completely shut off from the kitchen and butler’s pantry, and we’re using the back stairs into the butler’s pantry, and exclusively using the back door to get in and out of the house. The floorers are using the front door, and we’re communicating via text and messenger, so everything is no contact. And, of course, we’re all being smart and safe. I have always loved floorplans of the past, and loathe open floorplans, and am thankful now that we can continue this project and provide work for others and still be safe.
One thing that I was a bit sad about was not being able to hover and watch the process more closely due to social distancing. But, they have been AMAZING at taking pictures and videos. So much so, that I have to break up the blog about the flooring into several posts, because there are just too many pictures and things. Please know that because of the no contact, I might not know exactly what’s happening in each picture, and I will likely get some things wrong (or, just not try to explain at all). I am also so thankful for Gabe and Everett (Everett has put together the pictures and video) from Virtuoso Flooring for letting me use their pictures and work in my blog. I can’t recommend them enough!
Several spots had water damage from when the house was vacant, and raining inside before we bought it.
This was a spot that we didn’t know about until we ripped up the floor (these are the sub floor boards).
Once everything was cut out, you can see some rot on the joists themselves.
There’s the crawlspace!
Some more blocking was put in to shore everything up.
I’m not sure what this picture is, and I don’t really care. I just think the floor grate is SPECTACULAR and I love it so much.
The bottom step of the stairs has a decent crack in it, and plenty of give. Now, we are ALL about character, and don’t mind the history of the house being there. To that end, we opted to NOT replace the bottom riser. BUT, we wanted to make sure it didn’t get any worse. So, the crack stays, the give DOESN’T.
You can see the thread pulling away from the riser here.
To get to it, we had the empty out the cupboard under the stairs. There is SO MUCH storage under the stairs. Also, this cool handwriting with the city name on it!
Some glue / filler is happening here…..
Shoring up the stairs! Look at those old kerfs!
It’s going to be weird not to have a little bounce in the first step!
The other major repair is in the border in the turret. Remember this gem from SIX YEARS ago?
Well, this is the inside manifestation of that exterior rot.
Here’s what it looks like once some the border was removed. YIKES.
Some of the boards needed to be taken out.
You know what I’m SUPER EXCITED ABOUT?!?!?! Replacing that vent. It’s not an antique size, and so we know it was added. We don’t want to enlarge it (and lose more of the border). I have some go-to places for lovely new registers. Do you have any? Let me know in the comments! Maybe there’s a place I don’t know about.
This whole area is on hold – because they located some old wood to make the repairs, as opposed to feathering in new wood. Stay tuned!!! LOTS more to come.