Pennsylvania Limestone Farmhouse Renovations to an 1863 farmhouse built of limestone

August 28, 2011

So where was I…

Filed under: flooring,Interior,kitchen — Duane Diefenbach @ 9:46 pm

So it’s only been 3 months… and it’s been busy but not all about the house. I’m going to forget any chronological recap and just provide some updates.

In July I installed the yellow pine floor in the area off the kitchen. Now the dogs are doing a great job of scratching up the finish. While sanding the floor I discovered that one of the boards contained a lead bullet! Looks like a modern round (.30 caliber?) but I think it’s pretty cool (and it’s off in a corner so you won’t really notice it).

And Molly’s pigs are now quite big and love to lay in the mud.

And the puppy (Roxy) is getting pretty big and has chewed more of our belongings than all our other dogs combined.

Molly’s roosters went to the Grange Fair this week.

That’s Elvis on the left and Big Al on the right. Big Al was awarded first place in his category and went on to the grand championship but didn’t place. Elvis was moulting so he didn’t fare so well and placed 4 of 5 in his category. They are now for sale and we hope they don’t come home. Especially Ethan because he no longer needs an alarm clock to get up in the morning.

I have also been working on the kitchen. To the right of the stove is a prep sink and a butcher-block countertop. Underneath the counter are 3 drawers and pull-out spice shelves and a pull out rack to hold cookie sheets and other large pans.

To the left of the stove we have been using the cabinets and countertop from the old kitchen but those are now gone but I still need to install the slate countertop and construct, finish, and install doors.

November 17, 2010

Well, it is woodcock and grouse season

Filed under: flooring,Interior,Master Bath,Master Bedroom — Duane Diefenbach @ 9:24 pm

That’s my excuse for no updates.

After returning from MN I had some wonderful hunts in PA. In late October in about 3 hrs Walt and I had 25 flushes in just 2 coverts. Then I went to MD for a workshop the first week in November but upon my return I hunted the last Saturday of woodcock season and had 16 flushes for the day. But I get ahead of myself.

On the 6th of November Molly and I went to Quehanna for our traditional grouse hunt (but we couldn’t stay overnight) and Windsor pointed a black bear.  A great story that is best told in person, but the short version is that as we were walking out of a covert she pointed a crack in a big flat rock. I climbed on top of the rock and looked down in expecting a porcupine when a black bear growled at us.  Suffice it to say I jumped back and called off Windsor.  A half minute later a 300-400 lb black bear climbed out and ran away.

Then on the following Wednesday after school Molly and I hunted the hillside behind our house for an hour. We flushed 3 grouse and Molly had a shot at one (but like me, she missed). No woodcock. Then on our way back Molly noted that Windsor’s tail looked funny. I concluded it was broken.  Took her to the vet and left her for the evening to have her tail docked by about 4 inches.  No grouse hunting for 14 days.  She is recovering well.  Did I mention Windsor and Hazen were at the vets on Monday – Windsor had a thorn removed from her foot and Hazen was spayed?

But I digress – this blog is supposed to be about the house.  I have been trying for several weeks to finish up the master bedroom. I think every weekend I have been telling Lisa, “I think we can move in.”  But I have been too optimistic. However, on the 14th I had everything completed in the bedroom except (1) trim above the closet, (2) doors to the closet, and (3) a bedroom door.  So we moved in Monday night.

Moving the bedroom is a story in itself because the pencil post bed I made when we first moved to Pennsylvania (and I had my first real job and bought a table saw) required that we cut a notch in the header above the stairs to get it to the 2nd floor in the stone house. Fortunately, not much changed or shifted since we moved in 11 years ago and we got it back down the stairs. Except this time Ethan was of more help than Lisa.

After the move here is a picture looking in through the doorway (no door yet) to the master bedroom and of the  closet (no doors).

It is an absolute pleasure having plenty of room to walk around the furniture without stubbing a toe or banging a shin. And we’re quite pleased how Hazen highlights the color of the pine floors that we reclaimed from the attic.

In the bathroom I (almost) finished the vanity (still need to make the drawers) that is designed around the vessel sink we carried home from Spain in 2006 (inspired by the bathroom vanity in the wonderful hotel we stayed in Sevilla). Just fyi, the design inspiration is on the right. I made our vanity out of walnut with some cherry trim and highlights. You will have to visit us to truly appreciate it!

I have also been able to test the clawfoot tub twice since it has been installed. At the price of embarassing my grad students (and kids). Here is a photo of the second test of tub performance. It is everything I wished for – lots of water and plenty of room to stretch out!

So now that we can sleep in the master bedroom I have to set new priorities. I have been told they are to get a door hung to the bedroom (as you can see I am working on that).

And to tile the shower in the master bedroom

Not to mention getting the crawl spaces completely insulated before it gets really cold and making a kitchen. Stay tuned!

September 12, 2010

Some Progress

Filed under: flooring,Interior — Duane Diefenbach @ 9:30 pm

I am finding out how difficult tasks become with an arm in a cast. This week with help I installed the toilet in the master bath 3 times! There were issues with toilet flange bolts, wax seals, and seals between the tank and bowl. Here’s the end result.

To finish the master bath we only have to trim the windows and baseboard, install the tub, tile the shower, and make the vanity!

We also worked on the slate that will go under the woodstove. This involved cutting the slate to size and setting it in mortar with Ethan’s help.

Then I trimmed the border in cherry with an overhang so that the yellow pine flooring will slip underneath the cherry trim.

This weekend Lisa did a lot of canning tomatoes and salsa. We also renovated the dog kennel with metal fencing so that Windsor can’t chew her way out like she did with the plastic fencing. We’ll let you know how effective this containment system turns out.

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