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Basement work

Monday marked the beginning of the Basement (former garage)/Living Room floor insulation work. This is what was taken out after the demolition was finished. It took them almost 6 hours to remove all of this stuff, from that one little room. I guess we should be lucky it's not the entire Basement ceiling covered in this plaster..

And this is what was underneath all that.

Some really good bones. We just stood there for about 15 minutes, admiring.

After all was cleared, the contractor for this job, Jason Aksman of Fine Custom Carpentry, told me that in his opinion our walls are not insulated. Which is an important point. He also suggested we seriously think about blown in insulation, and that will probably be a next step. But, don't want to get ahead of myself here.

This project also allowed us to conclude a few things:
  • The new floors were laid over the existing floors, so if we were really, really, really going strong with the restoration, we should probably rip out the wide-plank that is there right now and restore the old floor. Unfortunately, chances are that the old floor is very damaged, judging by the large nails protruding into the basement and just awfully uneven floors we've been dealing with for the last year.
  • In addition to realizing why is so cold in the Living Room, we now know why the Hall was so cold and drafty. The crew left the lights on in the basement, which I discovered when I went to get my coat, in the Hall closet. I could see right down through the small holes by the door frame. Yes, there is a nice little breeze coming from the basement for this reason:

Not really sure how to describe the work of this "artist". How some of these people sleep at night, is beyond me. Jason will use some carpentry caulk and plug the little holes, and if he has any insulation left over to cover this, so at least we won't have to look at it. I'm guessing ripping it out and starting over would probably be out of the question, now that we committed to the flat roof work. As a note, this was a location of the Hall fireplace that was removed. Unfortunately, we are not sure when that happened. Probably when the steam heat came in.

Wonder what else are we going to find in the years to come?


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