Pennsylvania Limestone Farmhouse Renovations to an 1863 farmhouse built of limestone

April 30, 2014

One Down, Nine to Go!

Filed under: Basement,Dining Room,Stone house restoration — Duane Diefenbach @ 8:43 pm

I installed one of the original doors to the house on the way to the basement. When we bought the house there was a closet on the second floor – but when we restored the stairway we lost this closet – but we gained a door. I had to cut down the door a bit to fit, but it looks good.

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I also had to repair the hole cut for the modern doorknob and prime and paint the door. Here it is installed.

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Now all I have left to do is fit the one remaining antique door for the closet in our guest room. And build and fit 8 more doors in the rest of the house (old and new)!

June 29, 2013

Moving Out

Filed under: Basement,Dining Room,Living room,Stone house restoration,Upstairs — Duane Diefenbach @ 8:37 pm

We spent today moving everything out of the old part of the house. Where to put it all? The barn really is not a good storage area because it is so damp.  So here is where things went: (a) the old classroom in the barn has become the TV room with air conditioning, (b) our neighbor has (had) an empty spare bedroom, (c) the attic, and (d) various places in the addition.

Right now I am sitting at my desk in our bedroom. The bathtub is full of antiques, and Molly and Lisa are watching TV and eating popcorn in the classroom with the dogs

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The stone house is pretty much empty, full of echos, and ready for deconstruction.  In our old bedroom the paneling has to be removed, and the linoleum “rug” will have to go.

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Pitching the rug was a somewhat difficult decision because it was installed about 1951 and underneath was lined with newspapers.

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In fact, there was a March 18, 1951 funnies section from the Philadelphia Inquirer that looked like new!

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In Ethan’s old room we have to rip out the door frame to the old closet and make it smaller to accommodate the stairway ledge. Also the ceiling tiles will be removed and the particle board that covers the original pine flooring will be removed.

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Then we have a lot of 3/8″ sheetrock to remove and find out if the wall dividing his room from the hallway is original or was installed in 1950. I am not quite sure if the wall is original because the doorway trim is modern dimensional lumber, but maybe they just moved the door like they did in our old bedroom.  We shall see.

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Downstairs in our living room (that was partially restored about 5 years ago) we will be removing the stairs that were installed in 1950. This will make the room much bigger and restore access to a window that used to be the doorway to the basement from the kitchen, but it will take a lot of work to undo everything. Removing the stairs will involve restoring floor joists and flooring.  I am going to mill some leftover pine boards we took out of the attic (and used in our master bedroom) to fill the space in the living room.

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The dining room does not need much deconstruction, except to remove some lathe where the plaster failed.  I plan to replace the lathe with sheetrock and then plaster over to match the remaining plaster.  There will be a lot of plastering to do in the house so I bought an electric sander that has large sanding discs and can be hooked up to a vacuum to minimize dust.

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