We stayed home over the long holiday weekend and worked on the house. I made Thanksgiving dinner for two while Greg hammered away on the house. He replaced rotten clapboards on the backside of the dormer, painted the new trim and worked on the rotten corners in the addition.
The corners are so rot in the corners we wonder why the house didn’t just fall down. Greg has replaced two of the corners and about an hour before the sun went down yesterday he started demoing the third. It’s a bit hard to know where to stop when the whole thing needs to be fixed.
I need to find a new/old door this week for the back entrance. The one we have is circa 1950’s and not appropriate for the style of the house. A solid wood door would be typical but I would love something that would give the space a little more light. I thought about a transom above the door but we don’t have enough room. I’ve enlisted the help of Old House Parts in Kennebunk, Maine to help me with my search. My historic society asked that I present three different options for approval at the next meeting.
Below photos of Greg working hard on the house. The sun goes down so early this time of year that he did a lot of work in the dark with his headlamp on. What a trooper! I rewarded him with turkey and biscuits, turkey pot pie and turkey soup. The final shot is the backside of the house as it looks now. I shot a little video of him showing the chimney for our hot water heater we found in the wall supported by a piece of wood. As we cleaned out the rest of the wall we found piles of coal and bones. Don’t be freaked out; we find animal bones everyday in the roof, walls and basement.