Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Farmhouse Archeology

We decided to go and get our house resided.  This was something we have been considering for a while.  We have never really liked the Transite siding (you know - it's that funny shingle composed of cement and asbestos).  Sure, the Transite siding lasts forever, does not rot, holds paint well, and is fire resistant.  However, it tends to chip, is hard to repair, and it is made of asbestos.  Plus, it doesn't look real original on our late 1790's farmhouse.  With the recent storm damage, we just had to move out on this project.

We will go vinyl.  I know - not quite original.  I have done my share of painting.  I don't feel any compulsion spending my time scraping and painting every 5 to 6 years.  With a lifetime of 30 to 50 years, I am happy with our decision.

The crew we hired started to pull the Transite.  It has to be treated as hazardous waste.  What a chore!

As they worked on the 2-story section (the original house), they came across an old door!

This opening was turned into a window.   This part of the house is now our living room.  The wife always thought this window felt colder than the other windows.  Now we know why!

The house is getting wrapped, and foam board will be going up soon.  Surprisingly, the sheathing is in good shape.  They really knew how to build houses 200 years ago.  The new siding will be up in a few weeks.

Can't wait to see how this turns out!

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