Thursday, August 3, 2017

Cottage reno (continue2)

Long weekend fun


Well ... it wasn't for everybody. Apparently dogs do not like the fireworks as we thought. Tara was hysterically shaking. Archie turned back and was trying to go home. But we did enjoyed. It was beautiful to see all coast full of fireworks. 


But all insulation would be wasted if we would leave old windows. The little cottage is not worth thousand dollars spend for windows, so I was seeking for alternatives. Found dead stock windows sales. Yes it's not exactly the size of our windows, but close. Our walls already opened to studs so we can adjust the framing. That all we could do and did it. The biggest problem was exterior framing/capping. I was watching all YouTube videos and thought that we CAN do it. It is always simple when you see professional doing his work. Problems begin at the site. So we got scared and stopped the process. I had found one young professional just at the beginning of his carrier that was eager to help us without astronomical price tag. He agreed that framing and interior job "on us" and he will do just exterior capping. I wouldn't say I was very happy with the quality, but you get what you paid for. At least I know his "little tricks" for speed work and will keep eye on them. He called me too picky, when I'd pointed his "little" imperfections :)

That happens when "general contractor" not on site. Wrong size window's prep



  With new windows in place we were able to go forward with dry walls and mudding. So far because of damp weather, mudding still in process. Layers of mud do not dry off for sanding. But now I can see the light at the end of tunnel :)


My best helpers


Sunday, July 23, 2017

Cottage reno (continue)

Old standards


The cottage was built with materials that were available at that time or better to say - available - period.


We found that all walls - 2x4" thickness (today's standard  is  2x6" ), insulation value max - R9, today's - R24. Because of insulation and building material inadequacy a lot of mold. So firs thing first: mold treatment and sealing the walls from inside. I used Mold Control + bleach. 

Fire rated material around wood burning stove? They never heard about at that time.  We covered all ceiling with fire rated drywall.



Meanwhile our working situation was always on alert because the dogs liked to explore the new neighborhood. Lucky us our neighbors all dog lovers, problem is the rabbits that dogs just go ballistic after them. So one day (it took one day) we just concentrated and installed fence. It was a GREAT relief.  



For house re-wiring we hired professional electrician, so this part was almost easy (besides me crawling through the attic and helping electrician and my bill.




To seal all interior surface I used thin layer of spray foam DIY kit. It worked as sealer and vapor barrier. And just after that went with Roxul  rock wool insulation.

Majority of old insulation I'm re-using to insulate floor from the crawl space. And I will tell you it's a dirty and very uncomfortable job. I'm not a little girl and 2 feet is not enough to work comfortably. And never work without head cover when working with spray foam. You can end with bald head. My hear dresser told not to say anybody who is my hear dresser because people will think that she is really a bad one. Part of my very short hair was cut even shorter 





 Archie hated when I went down into crawl space. Always tried "to rescue" me from the "darkness" :)

But there are always time for nice moments


Taste of nostalgic potato :)


Thursday, July 20, 2017

Planning the future. New project

This future is very very far away, but time flies and then we asking where it went? I decided to convince mu husband that we need to think about future and that should be our retirement living situation. OK it was play of words for investment :)

I love little resort towns. Off season they are kind of little villages and season time - hustling and bustling. Dream was -close to beach and close to amenities (I'm not "middle in nowhere" person I need my high speed internet :) ) I was looking for some time, but it took some time to convince my other half to do that.

Long story short we found in Wasaga Beach a little 1950 cottage (with some additions) practically livable, even insulated to live all season round. 

The longest (14 km) freshwater beach in the world just 5 min away. Dogs were super exited, all beach belongs to them, nobody interested in the beach in winter :)

 I thought - it's perfect little deco/interior design project and we will be ready to rent for summer. BIG mistake.

It became  a HUGE project. As Russian proverb says "We wanted the best, it turned out as always". Old little cottage was wired aluminum and copper and no insurance company will talk to us. To re-wire all house we opened walls and it was Pandora box opening.

Demolition time


 My first plumbing job. Cutting off copper pipes and installing shark bite shutters





Some nice findings in the attic:

Today's most wanted coffee table

The tool kit was dated 1947

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