Skip to main content

New basement window

Among the swirl of activity that has been happening lately, I forgot to report that we had one more update to the House - a contractor has replaced an old, leaky window in the basement with a brand new one.

Now that it is getting a bit chillier, we are starting to notice the difference in the temperature of the room as opposed to the last winter. Just to remind you, in the dead of winter, there was at least a 5 degrees difference between the Kitchen and the Living Room. So, if the rest of the House and the Kitchen were 68, the Living Room, was, well, unlivable.

And now? With the new window, new insulation in the Basement ceiling/Living Room floor, new waterproof sheetrock on the Basement walls, plugging of a huge hole under the back terrace, covering of the fireplace, uncovering of the radiator, and peeling off the paint, we are down to 1 degree difference.

If we get the fireplace going, it could get down right cozy in there. Imagine that!


Popular posts from this blog

We found the "missing" house

Thanks to one of our readers, Robert, who identified the house on South Mountain Avenue.

I almost crashed into a tree while looking at it and can't believe I never noticed it before. It was right there. I mean, it looks exactly the same as in this photo. Right?

The funny thing is that I drive by the house almost daily. Which goes to show you just how many things go unnoticed in our lives...

History - Part I: Who was Harry Fenn?

The Cedars, or Henry (Harry) Fenn residence, was built in 1885. Harry Fenn was a watercolor artist and an illustrator. He was born in Richmond, Surrey, England in 1845. He first trained as a wood engraver before embarking on a career as a painter and print maker.

In 1860's, Fenn settled in the United States after coming to see the Niagara Falls. After spending six years in the U.S., he left to pursue further art studies in Italy. He returned to illustrate his first book, “Snow Bound,” written by John Greenleaf Whittier. The success of this first illustration project lead to more work and Fenn’s second book, “Ballads of New England.” These two books were the first illustrated gift books of their kind in the United States. They were important milestones in the history of American book making and created great renown for the artist.

In the 1870's Fenn traveled extensively around the country for numerous illustration projects. One such trip brought him to western North Carolina for …

Kids Bath: Electrical - DONE

Electrical - DONE, TOO! Yay!

However, he opened a hole in the wall in the wrong place above the mirror, so now that needs to be patched up tomorrow. That means an extra day tacked on. We really wanted it to be finished tomorrow. We are already 4 days over schedule. Ugh.

I. Need. This. Job. To. End.