Category: Renovations

Paula taking down the temporary ceiling of barn metal and plywood.

Committing to Change

We decided to bite the bullet again. We took down the temporary ceiling that we had installed a year ago and removed and stored the insulation, forcing a commitment to renovating the main “demolition” area...

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Returning to Renovating

The thing about living on 40+ acres, renovating a farmhouse, growing a big garden, and having a few chickens is this: there is always something to do. There are the extensive walking/running trails to...

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Installing a Solar Attic Fan

We installed a solar attic fan yesterday, to reduce the heat build-up in the exposed attic space (it was a wilting 106 degrees up there). Today we’ll monitor how well it works… It’s exciting,...

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Demolition #7b: Old Oak Rafters Revealed

The old oak rafters in the “demolition room,” or the dining room, have been revealed after weeks of work. Today I’ve been contemplating the question: “Now what?” The house warmed up to a comfortable...

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Renovations #1: New Year’s Eve

We welcomed the New Year with cheese and crackers and turkey sausage and humus and apples and grapes and hard cider and juice, and we moved ahead with renovations. We rebuilt a header someone...

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Planning the Greenhouse #2

We’re reducing the size of the possible greenhouse. Now it’s about 8 feet wide or deep by 20 feet long and might incorporate the stump from the cedar tree we cut down. Trying to...

After insulating the wall, on a cold late October morning

Insulating the Old Farm House

We keep moving ahead on the renovations/changes to the house. But slowly. The other day, we insulated the south-facing wall of the primary demolition room. And on this cold October morning, it’s 39 degrees...

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Reusing Old Windows for the Greenhouse

Yesterday Paula and I pulled out about two dozen old windows that we had saved years ago when we helped my parents tear down an old house on their property near Lake Monroe. The...