The good news is the entire thing took about 3 hours so my freak out session was limited. The outlets easily slipped back into the wall and the soy based foam wiped up. As soon as they were done I could not wait to get the siding back on the house and start painting. I also couldn't wait to turn my heat on and see what a difference we had made. The addition of insulation cost us $2,400. This was pretty cheap (we had been quoted up to 5k), but, it was in part because they didn't have to drill through the siding or patch it back. Oregon gave us a tax credit of $340 so for the cost of a 3-day weekend in NYC we warmed our house, reduced our heating bills, and greened the earth a little. You can teach a 1920's house some new tricks.
Monday, April 30, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
The new windows were in, the french doors were in, and now we were getting down to small changes each day. Since we had to add trim to all our new windows we decided it was a good opportunity to look at all the trim. Many of the boards were in pretty rough shape. They were heavily covered in lead paint and no amount of scraping was going to make them smooth. We decided to go ahead and replace all the window trim on the house.
This decision was big and expensive. But something had to be done, some of the trim was actually missing. First, all of our sills had been cut when they installed the 1970's siding. The sills used to extend past the window trim, we knew this because there was a ghost of the original sill size on the old siding. Also, it was standard practice in the 1920's to do this, we have evidence on a lot of the neighbor's houses. This was pretty devasting, I guess the people who installed the 1970's siding were too lazy to knotch the siding around all the sills so they just cut them off. Horrible. If you ever buy a house and do something like this, we would no longer be friends. Total dealbreaker. We contemplated replacing all the sills, but, due to the delicate nature of our old windows, and the cost, we decided to cheat and tack small pieces back and then use wood filler to smooth them out. It wasn't perfect but it gave us the look we were after. The windows were also missing trim under the sill. Once again a ghost made it pretty clear that this was original and had been removed. So we looked at several trims and picked a small simple option for underneath.
Below is a picture of the sill add-ons and the new trim.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
At this point, Josh returned and we just started framing everything back as if nothing insane had just happened. We installed both the dog door and the french door in (a perfect fit!). Jeff told us that since the original door had not been installed on a wood sill, we would have to install the new door the same way, ie. imbed the doorplate in concrete. It was getting close to 4pm in the afternoon. Jeff promised to come back the next day and add the concrete. I was so tickled with our new door, but the entire process was a little blurry... did we just rip a huge hole in our house? Did we just discover a structural death trap? Did that man just rip steel out of concrete with his bare hands? Is it okay that I can see daylight around the door when I am in my kitchen? They don't show these moments on TV.