Up on the Rooftop

With the foundation addition mostly done, the contractors moved up to the roof today.

Tearing the low attic off

They started by tearing off the low attic. This is the attic that was over just the back of the house: the dining room and kitchen (which were an addition done several years after the front part of the house was built).

View out the upstairs hall

This is the view facing the back of the house now. Previously, you just saw the weird small door into the Cat Attic.

A lot more light in the back parlour

And a foreshadowing of what it will be like in the back parlour soon: a LOT more light coming in from the south.

Our bedroom

Our bedroom has gotten a bit of a modern look, and is a lot breezier than it had been.

The kitchen is really cluttered

And one of these days I really need to get my act together and clean up the kitchen. What a mess! You can't even see the floor in there.

The new view of the back yard

Seriously, I am really looking forward to having more views of the back yard. We have lived for years with the back of the house being basically a solid wall that blocked our views, which worked just fine for the Victorians, especially when there was a street car that ran down the street behind us. But this modern lady who likes to garden wants to see that garden. And I will.

Out in the meadow

The garden is a little overgrown right now. OK, more than a little. Totally, insanely overgrown. Like, waist deep in grass and I have no idea how we are going to deal with it. Maybe find somebody with a scythe?

Drainage cloth

But today the contractors also installed the perimeter drainage cloth...

Backfilled foundation

...and backfilled the foundation, so it is no longer a death trap to walk around there in the dark.

(Not that we were thinking of scything the lawn in the dark, of course. We are only a little nutty, not completely mad.)

Skim coated walls

One thing that is a little more subtle -- maybe I can get better photos later -- is that the concrete contractor skim coated the walls of the foundation. A cosmetic thing but little things like that are the sign of taking real pride in your work.

posted by ayse on 05/31/16


I'm amazed at how high the grass and plants have grown in your backyard. Thinking of this, where are the chickens? Are they still in their coop at the house or did they move with you to your new (temporary) accommodations? Maybe once the exterior of the house is finished, you could hire some goats to trim all the grass? On the other hand, they would probably consume all your flowers and perennials too, so that's not going to work. Love following your updates.

Wow. I have to wonder how much of the original house will remain when you're done. It's really starting to seem like you would have been better just bulldozing at the start and building an Italianate imitation... :)

The chickens are visiting a neighbor (at their request), but they could have stayed in their yard since it is out of the area of construction.

You are not the first person to suggest goats.

The only part of the original house that will not remain when we are done is the bathroom/laundry room addition put in in the 1950's. A few other things are being slightly reconfigured but the entire main house is staying and some bad window replacements are being removed.

What a fun post -- sounds like the chaos is making you a little giddy! :-)

I think a weed wacker would be easier to handle than a scythe - the scythe takes a lot of practice and technique for a good result, at least that's my experience.

We had a nice neighbour do our lawn (that looked a lot like yours, some of the grass went up to my waist and I'm 6'3"), that's obviously the easiest way :-D

I used to have a good scythe, but they don't seem to make good ones any more. If anyone knows a good brand, I would like to know too. The modern ones seem to all be junk that don't hold a sharp edge.

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