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Renovating the Attic in an Old Farm House #4: First Layer of Polystyrene Insulation

09-14-2015 07:45 PM by vulpes | 0 comments »

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...

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Renovating the Attic in an Old Farm House #3: Preparing The End Walls For Insulation

09-05-2015 04:52 PM by vulpes | 1 comment »

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...

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Renovating the Attic in an Old Farm House #2: New Flooring and Wall Support

08-28-2015 05:24 PM by vulpes | 0 comments »

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...

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Renovating the Attic in an Old Farm House #1: Getting Started

08-21-2015 02:52 PM by vulpes | 4 comments »

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 ...

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DIY Ideas #2: Creating a Vintage Interior Look

08-04-2015 11:26 AM by Katies_DIY_Blog | 3 comments »

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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DIY Ideas #1: A few of my ideas of how to turn you bedroom from drab to fab

07-27-2015 10:36 AM by Katies_DIY_Blog | 1 comment »

If there’s one thing I hate it’s sleeping in a bedroom that’s full of clutter and clothes everywhere. I always try to clear up my bedroom as best I can but unfortunately my boyfriend doesn’t seem to share my sense of tidiness and it always ends up with clothes and what not spread about the room! When I do get a chance to clean and tidy the room though, there are a couple of ideas I have in mind on how to turn it from something that’s average into something beautiful. Of course there are...

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06-26-2015 01:20 PM by budgetwindowsqld | 1 comment »

Everyone’s houses have different types of doors and with those differences raise different types of repairs in respect to perfection of the doors or fixing the doors. Few of the door repair types are as mentioned below: • Fixing a Door That Impasses• Fixing a Loose Door• Fixing Wood Door Problems Through passing of time, doors cause to bind and stick. As your house settles, doors sag in their frames. Door at times may have been misaligned from the start. A variety of proble...

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Guide to Selling Your Own Home Going into 2015

06-19-2015 02:44 PM by Katies_DIY_Blog | 5 comments »

Many people assume that using an agent is necessary to sell one’s home, especially in the current housing market. However, this is not the case. Selling your own home without an agent can be more complicated, but it is possible if you follow certain steps. Why Sell Without an Agent? While an agent handles a great deal of the home selling footwork for you, there is one good reason to sell without one: finances. An estate agent will charge a fee, usually a percentage of the home...

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Ready for a Home Makeover? Here’s How To Do It.

05-30-2015 08:00 AM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 2 comments »

Today people are looking for ways to improve their homes for better living and more enjoyment. Investing a little time and money will go a long way to transform your home into the pride of the neighborhood. Curb Appeal – Let’s begin outside. Mow the grass, pull the weeds, edge the lawns and give the bedding areas the attention and maintenance they deserve. Liven up the planting areas with perennials for substance, and then go for color with annuals. Select a color scheme such as reds...

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Exterior Tool Storage Closet

05-04-2015 02:18 AM by Dan Lyke | 2 comments »

This went from “I wonder if Rubbermaid makes some outside storage cabinet thing” to this monstrosity, with sliding door, on the back of the workshop. Still need to clean finish fastening the sheet metal sides, but I was out of steam…

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