Monday, June 29, 2015

Power Washing the Greenhouse

Christian's old farm house has a vintage greenhouse which has gone from black to white with a day of power washing, the week Christian took ownership.

The metal baskets (of eighteen flower pots) are also vintage and will have cascading white morning glories later this summer and beyond.

Inside we moved in the first furniture, and this is a favorite spot already! The sun rises on this room and it is a great place to have morning tea etc.

Meanwhile, Christian an Leif have been digging out a larger crawl space beneath the oldest part of the house. While Bill breaks through the main basement wall into this larger space, the rest of the floor here is removed to finish the deeper digging. Later, gravel, a vapor barrier and cement layers will finish this area which scared some people looking at the house.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Christian's Closing

Tomorrow is the closing on Christian's Farm, and soon our second son will be our neighbor here in Hopewell! The lawn around the house has been mowed in celebration for us, but there will be plenty of work besides mowing seven acres starting tomorrow; at this old farm.

Monday, June 15, 2015

More Zuider Zee Blue Paint

Bill's other project this visit to Old Farm was to prep, prime and paint the older/rebuilt basement doors "Zuider Zee Blue" from "Fine Paints of Europe", like the back door around the corner. On our next visit we will edge the top of the doors with scalloped lead flashing - can't wait.

Restoring a Weighted Window

All three vintage weighted windows in our Cape garage were weather beaten and dysfunctional. Replacing them with new wooden windows was more than $500 each, so Bill repaired the remaining North side windows this visit to Old Farm. First the windows are removed, the glazing and glass taken out, and the entire parts heavily sanded using an electric sander when possible.

All of the glass, glazing and pulleys (where broken) were replaced and the entire window parts were painted except for the outer window edges, before they were re-installed and finish painted in place.

Repairing these windows in three days was a challenge, but they are beautiful now and only cost a small amount of money to replace several pieces of glass that broke in the process! Soon they will be surrounded by "Endless Summer" blue hydrangea blooms.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Steel Factory Window Salvage

Christian's "new" Vintage Colonial farmhouse comes with the immediate challenge of deciding how to enclose the exposed interior plumbing along the outside of the front porch. I wondered about how to close the porch in and yet allow one to see the original porch architecture, still let sunlight into the dining room behind it, and heat the space which includes the door to the basement as well as a fuse box.

A wall of glass windows seemed best and installing a recycled steel factory window with a ventilator would turn this porch into a lovely green space I thought. A large steel factory salvage window which cost about $1,000 could be filled with thermal and tempered glass (just the bottom windows) for $680 and the sandblasting with an anti-corrosive mat primer added after is about $275.

The window below came from "Recycling the Past" an hour away, and will be installed to the left of the open space; creating an alcove for the fuse box area. Christian and Bill cleaned it of old glass and glazing. The center four glass panels swing open to ventilate on very warm days or late dinner evenings.

The sides of a casement window need to be at least 7/16" to install safety (thermal) glass and
glazing. The sides of our window measure a full inch and Bill will show Christian how to install the glass panes and glazing. A similar new steel casement window built 5' X 8' without a ventilator or installed glass would cost about $6,200. Ours was the last one like this I could find anywhere and we bought it before the farm because of another interested buyer!

Above is our window open and another just a bit too big below...

 An inspiration...(picture via Pinterest)


Below are photos of first repairing the porch foundation and floor before installing the window...


Here is the new porch foundation supporting the new window and a view from the inside out...