Renovation Week 5: Build a Great, Great Wall

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The first big change this week — a new plywood subfloor went down.

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The only downside to this is that if a robber walks across the kitchen floor in the middle of the night, the squeaks and creaks are all gone, so the entire house won’t wake up any more. I looked for every single squeak that we’ve gotten used to and can’t find any of them. Continue reading Renovation Week 5: Build a Great, Great Wall

Renovation Week 3: The Weakening

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The biggest surprise this week: learning that my kitchen has been completely uninsulated since it was built. I wonder how much money  we’ve literally burned over the last 20 years heating this place, between that and the windows that never quite closed or sealed correctly.

I especially like the large hole where some duct used to exit.
I especially like the large hole where some duct used to exit.

 

Also, more unplanned destruction this week, as the contractor wandered the house attempting to map out the electrical circuits in the place. Continue reading Renovation Week 3: The Weakening