Monday, June 7, 2010

Housebuilding hiatus

"Oh, sure," you say, "You already went into hibernation once this year!" Well, Gentle Reader, this won't be hibernation; it'll be estivation. We're off to Budapest tomorrow for two months, and so there won't be any House work completed during that time.

Not to say I won't find something else interesting to post here (Europe does, after all, have the occasional attractive old building), but it won't be about progress on The House.

So I guess this would be a good time for a planning post, wouldn't it? Here's something like the current list:

  1. Windows in big house

    • Finish painting first-floor windows
    • Glazing work; several missing and cracked panes here and there, lots of putty replacement

  2. Winterization

    • Carriage house
      • Weatherstripping around two downstairs doors
      • Insulated board for small window on south corner
      • Still a little caulking/plastering above the south wall and in the closet area on the southeast corner
      • Insulated board for attic access panel

    • Big house
      • Urethane in obvious holes in basement walls (mortar later)
      • Boards over vents under first back addition
      • Board up two basement windows on east basement

    • Tuck pointing on both buildings

  3. Carriage house bathroom
    • Attach and plumb vanity

  4. Carriage house electrical work
    • Replace stolen ground wire outside
    • Overhead light for washer/dryer area
    • Separate circuit for bedroom to permit use of air conditioner

  5. Carriage house paint and trim
    • Paint walls and trim in bathroom
    • Finish trim on remaining windows (three)
    • Fresh plaster patching and paint in living room, then hallway, stairs, and kitchen

  6. Equipment closet in big house
    • Reroute incoming DSL into closet in dining room
    • Add an electrical outlet there for the Linux box

  7. Carriage house garage area
    • Remove superfluous fiberglass insulation (40% complete)
    • Still some miscellaneous plaster, and more paint, aye!

  8. Dining room
    • Remove and scrape wallpaper (60% done, thanks to daughter)
    • Remove damaged drywall from ceiling
    • Finish restoration of plaster on walls (base coat's on)
    • 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

  9. Carriage house kitchen window

  10. Carriage house roof and gutters (the last big money job to save for)

  11. Porch restoration

    • Paint all pillars
    • Cast duplicates of scroll work on pillars to replace missing bits

  12. Big house heat (not so crucial now)

    • Ductwork as needed
    • Probably baseboard heat upstairs, at least in my office

  13. Remainder of big house

    • Upstairs bathroom plumbing (got a good plan to reroute this)
    • Addition of sink in kitchen
    • Cleaning
    • Finish plaster patching in back stairs area, paint
    • Reroute supply wire to blue room electrical (that's the one running outside right now)
    • Think about plaster on basement walls, a big job
    • It would be nice to insulate and finish the attic space
    • Tiles in the master bath?
    • Hardwood veneer in the Blue Room?

  14. Breezeway/swimming pool connecting buildings

    • Well, I can dream