But it's a fantastic room; all the woodwork looks like this, very little of the molding is missing, and the floor, while chopped up a lot from the room's use as the kitchen of the apartment in 304 during the 70's and 80's, is still attractive.
So we've come up with the goal of making this one room usable by Thanksgiving, and having a good-sized meal there. A collateral goal will be the installation of a sink in the kitchen, which is the room to the west of the dining room which was last used as a kitchen in the big house (it was a bedroom for 304 in the 70's and 80's, and it is currently my sawing shop, because the generation of sawdust in the carriage house has been denied approval by the household environmental management commission, a body whose membership comprises my wife).
This picture, taken in August while the roof was off (hence the bit of light showing at the top of the wall) shows what we're going to have to fix up in terms of the ceiling. Actually, it doesn't show the worst of it, which is just off the top of the picture - that entire sheet of drywall there is rotten and moldy around the edge, reportedly due to an overflow in the bathtub upstairs. Which I take to mean repeated and egregious overflow; a single incident would not account for the damage I see.
So anyway, I guess I haven't posted a to-do list recently!
- Carriage house livability
- Garage area livability
- Remove superfluous fiberglass insulation (40% complete)
- Caulk everywhere (a lot is done; more to be done)
- Some plaster patching (done on southwest, need to move everything out off the east wall to continue the process)
- More paint, aye!
- Seriously considering laying down a heating pad and hardwood veneer on the south end of the downstairs; the white walls certainly make the area look like a place you could live in
- Kitchen window is the only one left
- Attach and plumb vanity
- Replace stolen ground wire outside
- Entryway lighting
- Overhead light for washer/dryer area
- Separate circuit for bedroom to permit use of air conditioner
- Paint walls and trim in bathroom
- All window trim
- Remove and scrape wallpaper (30% done, thanks to daughter)
- Remove all damaged plaster on walls
- Remove damaged drywall from ceiling
- Restore plaster on walls
- Drywall ceiling
- Paint (I'm still liking that semi-gloss ultra white)
- Clean and maintain the woodwork and buffet
- Shore up under floor (soft spot from long-standing leak in roof fixed in 90's)
- Polish floor
- Upstairs bathroom plumbing
- Addition of sink in kitchen
- Winterization, a lengthy process
- Electrical systems: oh the humanity!