Were All Mad Here

Renovations

Rebuilding a Kitchen Floor

Remember this beauty? Sexy beast. Well, what was under that wasn’t any better. This room use to be divided into two: a ground floor bathroom use to be in the area that you see suspended over the basement, and the original scullery use to be in the area made up by solid ground. This use to be covered by quarry tiles matching the adjoining room. The scullery sink use to be in the area with the tiles still on the walls (see photos further down) and the window was actually two: one in  ...

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Renovations, Stories & Finds

Victorian Kitchen Cleaning

Hazmat territory ya’ll. Seriously. I started cleaning the basement the other day because I had a half empty trash bin waiting to go out to the curb that needed some more stuff. See how things spiral out of control? I met this guy under a pile of old flour sacks on top of a table I was hoping to replace the legs on and keep. These sacks in the background of the shoes: That table is being burned now. I was thinking of putting him under glass and setting him on the fireplace mantle.  ...

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Renovations

Minimalism is the new black

I’m weeping over my new landscaping. Or lack thereof. And shocked at how quickly a 60 year old English Garden could disappear. Ok, so it was more like an English Jungle, but still. It had nice bones and with a little bit a lot of  hedging anything is possible. But the problem is roots…and damp and giant metal supports just nailed into the only thing standing between the weather and the lime plaster inside: antique wall mortar. So while they were fixing the drain problems they  ...

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Renovations

The Wall is Wet

Hey guys, I came in last week to an awesome surprise. The wall is wet. Ok, so a lot of the walls are wet at the moment, but this was a new one. One that never was wet before…most importantly it was one that wasn’t too inclined to be wet. It was dropping hints at its unhappiness in the form of plaster chunks on the floor. So on Saturday I started thinking. Yes, the drain pipe outside of the wall IS cracked, but a cracked drain pipe wouldn’t cause this much damp.  ...

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