Getting ready for winter

I risk sounding like a pilgrim, but here it goes: We are rushing to get ready for winter. The last few weekends, we have insulated things that can easily be insulated, and tried to get our home “gas inspection” ready so that we can finally get that new furnace burning. From removing the old oil tank in the basement, to venting our gas range, there’s a lot of little check-marks that we need to account for before the gas company will give us the thumbs up.

Otherwise, he’s a little play-by-play of what’s new in the world of our century-old little farmhouse.

Project 1: Wrap it up

We’re wrapping the back addition — also known as the kitchen — in rigid foil insulation before re-cladding it. We’ll take the opportunity to make the whole back side look the same. Those garages burn holes into my retinas with their ugliness. Consider this first image a “Before”.

sep_2015 (8 of 9) sep_2015 (9 of 9) sep_2015 (2 of 9)The north-facing wall is getting a double dose of insulation. We’ve already stuffed it and dry-walled it before moving our kitchen in to place. Speaking of which…

Project 2: Finish the kitchen

sep_2015 (3 of 9) sep_2015 (4 of 9) sep_2015 (1 of 1)The kitchen is here! As you can see we’ve already covered most of it with things like empty bottles of wine and wilted celery. (I really considered not posting that last picture but it’s just too good.) I have to photograph the kitchen a little better. I didn’t even take a picture of the island, which is currently housing a lot of tools and renovation materials. But, I’m going to wait until we finish it before showing it off.

Right now, we’re installing a new window that will fit snugly behind our gas range. Since we mainly put in solid blocks of work on weekends, the house can tend to get into regular “messy phases” where all sorts of construction materials are propped against walls, and the dining room table becomes a resting place for sheets of measurements, boxes of screws, and so on.

Project 3: No more American Horror Story staircase

The “before” picture here doesn’t capture the beautiful new walls and fresh coat(s) of paint that have seriously revivified our hallways. I bought floor paint, too, and planned to attack the staircase next. But in a fit of inspiration, we decided that the stairs would look awesome if we made them two-tone; natural wood treads and deep red rises.

The amount of time, effort and mental fortitude that it will take to make this happen is staggering. But it’s worth it if only for the “After” photo.



sep_2015 (5 of 9) sep_2015 (6 of 9)

Project 4: Gaze longingly at loving dog

Oh Pekoe… be still my heart.

sep_2015 (1 of 9)C’est tout! I’m really digging the fall in the new house. I have been burning scented candles, and taking Pekoe for tons of walks while enjoying the fall colours. It’s a pretty beautiful time of year in the Ottawa valley.

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