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Old 09-29-2008, 07:20 AM   #16
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The latest portion of the house that we've been working on is the hallways, which just like the living room, were covered in this awful brown panel board that we couldn't stand. In the process, we also redid the front stairwell - restaining the wood work and refinishing the steps.

Please don't mind the clutter/mess - things have been very disorganized as we've had to shift things from room to room as we've worked.

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Front Hallway - first bit of panelling removed


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Old 09-29-2008, 07:24 AM   #17
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We started off by pulling out any of the old panel board in which there was 3-4 layers on each wall ALL different colours. After that, we knocked out any remaining drywall and plaster/lath board that we came across.

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Side Hallway - You can see the insulation that we had put in when we built the second bathroom 2 years ago
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The drywalling of these hallways was a tad bit tricky because the NONE of the existing framework matched up to where it was level. Half the wall would be level, while the other half wouldn't be. We did our best to try and correct it, but it isn't perfect by any means.

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After that, we figured out what colour we were going to paint everything, and cleaned up the hardwood so we could figure out what we needed to do in repair before we sanded it.

The floors in each hallway had some considerable water damage unfortunately. We believe the front hallway had originally had a water fountain in it because there's a hole for plumbing in the floor as well as water damage around it. We had to replace a few boards there due to rot.
The side hallway had some rot from where the chimney was leaking at one point. We also replaced a couple boards there.

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The last several weeks has been an effort in getting the floors sanded and ready to be finished. The hardest part has been the front stairs. They are 100yr old Oak, 10' across in length, and are as solid as a rock. It's taken me every evening for the last 2.5 weeks to get the 8 stairs sanded enough to where we could finish them without it looking like garbage. We decided the risers were in too poor of shape to even refinish, so we partially sanded them, and will be painting them this next weekend.



This past weekend was spent getting the finish put down on the hallway floors as well as the treads of the front stairs. Everything seemed to turn out ok. We were worried about the stairs because there were a lot of marks left in them from the belt sander I had used that the orbital couldn't get knocked down. Surprisingly, it doesn't show too badly, and they turned out looking pretty nice.

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Side Hallway - this was a pain due to the direction the wood grain runs.


Side Hallway - kitchen view


Front Stairs - looking down
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The floors are by no means perfect - but it's still better than running carpet all through the home

Next up - Trim!... yay...
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In the meantime - here's yet another project that we've almost finished lately.

The previous owners, for whatever reason, pulled the original doors off the front of the house and built this awful wall that you could practically knock down by pushing on it. It looked awful (and by no means provided any security), so we decided that we would do what we could to try and replicate what had been on the house originally. We also decided that we would fix up the front stoop with some nice stone on top and brick in the sides of it, but we havn't come close to finishing it yet.

Here's the front of the house as of last summer - it needs a lot of work too. Next summer, we'll probably scrap all the old siding and put new stuff up, since the paint on the aluminum is chalking terribly.


You can see in this photo what was originally on the house. The doors were on casters and would slide sideways, opening up the front stairwell. For practicality purposes, we didn't go with the casters.


Here's what we replaced the whole front wall with. I still need to get in there and refinish the window above to match.


Here's some of the stone that we got laid down on the inside of the doorway before we knocked the old wall out.


Now that the front doors are finished, we'll be getting the whole front porch done hopefully in the next few weeks before the cold sets in so we can get it all sealed up.
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wow, you do good work. your house is looking great. looks huge inside too.
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Love the floors,and the color with the dark trim makes it seem warm nice job
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Thanks! The house is roughly about 5000sq ft finished and unfinished, although we ever really measured any of it. It's large, but the amount of finished space is about a 3rd of the total space of the house.
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LOVE how you brought the doors back to a more original look!
Good work!!
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We're trying our best to make/keep things looking as original as possible. I need to take a day off and get into the library in town to look for any other old photos of our house since we have no clue what the rest of it looked like on the outside. I'm guessing the old wood siding was probably red, although there's no way to really find out.
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I can relate to that, Angel... we're working at keeping the vintage feel of our 70 year old house. Not as old as your school-house, I would imagine, but challenging nonetheless. We're fortunate that we live in a community with lots of older homes so we often spend a Saturday viewing open houses so that we can see - first hand - the finishing details used in bygone eras. Our own kind of research... voyeristic research, but research!! Things are slowly coming together here... and for you it would seem!! I'll keep an eye on your thread for future developments/posts

BTW... love the idea of painting your exterior red... seems totally appropriate! I notice in the old photo you posted that the front was also flanked by what looks to be white trim up the corners of the entranceway... something you're considering, too?
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That's pretty neat that you're trying to preserve that 70's feel.Viewing open houses in the area is certainly one way to go about getting ideas You don't hear of that too often!

Yes, we will probably do white trim around the doors and the window, although I'm probably going to finish the window itself to match the colour of the front doors since it seems somewhat out of place to me.

Our house is possibly up for Historical Society nominations the next time they come around. The last time, it was cited as being "Notable" but hadn't quite hit the age mark needed. Finding out that information is part of the reason why we're striving to get it as close to original as possible

Ya gotta love all the history involved in an old home
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That's pretty neat that you're trying to preserve that 70's feel.
No, not a house built in the 70s, it's 70 years old! BUT, preserving a 70s house would be kinda neat, too!

Good luck with Historical Society nominations!! Our house isn't old enough yet to rate a view from our Herritage Society... I'm a smidge jealous of you, Angel!! Having said that, however, where I live if you have a herritage home you HAVE to follow the society's rules to the letter when renovating. While I'm glad this is so (I'm crazy about old homes and want to see them preserved), I can certainly see how this could be challenging at times!

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