A bit of background… We (my wife and I) purchased our first house together in march of 2015 knowing that we would not move in until June. I talked her into a fixer based on the fact that myself and a buddy worked our way through college working for our landlord fixing up his old rentals and also flipping houses for him. So we swooped in and got a fixer out from underneath a local flipper because he was trying to nickel and dime the seller. What made this a good purchase is that the e...
I posted this blog on LumberJocks about seven months ago. I had to edit it to restore photos (I have changed my photo host) so while I was at it, I thought I would post it here for my first HomeReburbers blog. The first major problem (project) started when I walked out the front door of my house one day and my foot went right through the slate porch. It shocked me more than anything because I thought the slate was bedded with a solid concrete pad. We have lived here for 25 years. I have al...
Took me a couple of tries to get a mirror shape I liked: A few things I learned about cutting the oval (which took me 3 tries, although one of those was unrelated to the cutting): Cut from the front, not the back. I was concerned about the mirror coating peeling off when I broke the glass, but it turns out it came off just fine. Alas, it was too thick for my cutter to cut through. Don’t try to clamp it into the frame. Then i built up a frame for the mirror and routed...
The face is 2” thick cherry, which will be carved, so I had to modify the clamp for my dovetail jig to hold it in place while I cut the dovetails: And then the top is an inset sink into a block of the same marble we used for the diagonal pattern: Because the inside of vanities can be super nasty, the side is a louvered panel to provide airflow: And the drawer is notched to fit around the drain: The front of the vanity is carved: And then I had to ...
The plastering I described in my last blog post seems to have had enough time to dry, so I added the first layer of ridged expanded polystyrene insulation. I want to add 4 inches (10 cm) of insulation. But the thickest locally available ridged polystyrene insulation was only 3 inches (8 cm). So I decided to add two layers of 2 inch (5 cm) polystyrene. I used a polystyrene glue and mortar compound (which is much cheaper than construction adhesive), applying it on the wall like tile mortar w...
To make the attic renovation a livable space it has to be insulated. I can not add insulation to the outside of the attic end walls, which is the more common way to insulate a brick wall. So, as a compromise, I will be sandwiching a layer of insulation between the current end wall and a new brick interior wall to bring the combined insulation of the wall up to about R30. The brick end walls of our attic were in need of some minor repairs and finishing before I could apply insulation to the...
The end walls of our attic space are a single brick layer sitting on top of a 16 inch (40 cm) think stone wall (yes—stone, it really is an old house if the fact the roof is supported by king posts did not give enough of a clue!). The floor boards were originally simply laid onto the top of the stone wall and covered with dirt. You can see some of the remaining dirt on top of some board in the picture below (note: I have removed every other board). The first step on renovat...
After adding a new roof, we are renovating the attic space of our little farmhouse. How it looked during re-roofing and installation of the new chimney: The old floor was covered with dirt for “insulation”. After the dirt was removed, the flooring boards had an alternated layer installation. The plan was to “level” this flooring, and insulate both the end walls and the ceiling under the roof. We started by levelling the floor. There are large beams ...
I’m sure we can all have a good go at creating a modern interior with modern styles and trends. We can all buy a bunch of materials and tools and get to work on a brand new untouched space and finish with a masterpiece. However, what if you’re looking to create a more vintage look rather than a modern one? How can you create that antique look yourself? I did a bit of research online in an attempt to figure out for myself and for this blog just how can I create a vintage look for my interior o...
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