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by KirstenN
Tue Oct 04, 2011 11:37 am
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Help me with ideas? Farmhouse 'big' room...
Replies: 10
Views: 3625

Help me with ideas? Farmhouse 'big' room...

Hey folks; I'm totally guilty here of planning to do work instead of doing work, since the sun is shining and I should be doing some window repairs before it gets cold again. But I thought I'd post pictures of the next big project and get your ideas of what YOU all think I should do with this room, ...
by KirstenN
Mon Oct 03, 2011 10:41 am
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Tiny church getting murdered. :-(
Replies: 11
Views: 12161

Re: Tiny church getting murdered. :-(

Thanks Kristen! I know exactly the cringing feeling you're talking about. What kills me is that there's another old schoolhouse or church (I can't tell what it was originally anymore) the exact same size less than ten minutes away, that has already been stuccoed and winterized and generally robbed o...
by KirstenN
Sun Oct 02, 2011 10:56 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: House next door for sale... what should I do?
Replies: 29
Views: 27656

Re: House next door for sale... what should I do?

Its gonna mean selling the dodge dart I would love to help you out by buying the Dart, but my handsome Scotsman already has his hands full with my two old VWs! $5K for a house and three lots sounds incredible. I thought we did well to get our house and 1/2 acre for $45K Cdn! But, I know that living...
by KirstenN
Sun Oct 02, 2011 9:51 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Tiny church getting murdered. :-(
Replies: 11
Views: 12161

Tiny church getting murdered. :-(

My husband and I put an offer in to buy this little white church on Manitoulin Island last summer. It was built of squared logs in 1893, then covered with clapboards probably in the 1920s. The road it's on is even called "Whitechurch Road". It had been beautifully restored inside with a pump organ, ...
by KirstenN
Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:42 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: OMG... My heating bill is huge
Replies: 465
Views: 379693

Re: OMG... My heating bill is huge

Remeber that the 80.2 cents/kWh only applies to rooftop microfits...if you choose ground mounted panels, the pay off jumps down to 64.2 cents/kWh Yup. We would do the rooftop, because the back of the house has a nice uninterrupted 26' of south-facing roof at a pretty good angle. Also, we don't have...
by KirstenN
Fri Sep 23, 2011 3:10 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: OMG... My heating bill is huge
Replies: 465
Views: 379693

Re: OMG... My heating bill is huge

DonM and triguy, yes, an insulated "pump room" is high on our list of things to do - as soon as the weather is too bad for working on the outside of the house! It did freeze once in March (oddly - so did the pipe to the septic field - yuck). Danno, thanks for the link - it looks like a good site ful...
by KirstenN
Fri Sep 23, 2011 2:20 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Removing siding and wallpaper
Replies: 6
Views: 2274

Re: Removing siding and wallpaper

That's a good point about the storms I hadn't considered, triguy... that same lovely beach that's so close looks out over 250km (sorry, 150 miles) of Lake Huron, and those winds can be bitter! Local cedar and white pine lumber is plentiful on the island now, but I don't know what would have been ava...
by KirstenN
Fri Sep 23, 2011 1:47 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: OMG... My heating bill is huge
Replies: 465
Views: 379693

Re: OMG... My heating bill is huge

We bought a 1913 concrete house that's supposed to be heated by a woodstove, but since we weren't there last winter, the baseboard heaters (a later addition by a PO) were on at a minimal temperature to keep the water pump from freezing (a local farmer shares our well, and the pump is in our basement...
by KirstenN
Fri Sep 23, 2011 12:49 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Removing siding and wallpaper
Replies: 6
Views: 2274

Re: Removing siding and wallpaper

Danno - that's right! Poured concrete, lovingly scored and painted to look like brick. Manitoulin Island is the only place I've ever noticed it. My theory so far is that since there wasn't a ferry running until 1921, it was too expensive to get bricks onto the island, but sand was plentiful (we have...
by KirstenN
Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:45 pm
Forum: Post-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Removing siding and wallpaper
Replies: 6
Views: 2274

Removing siding and wallpaper

I finally had a chance to spend four days at our new/old (1913) farmhouse last week! I had a little time to start taking the siding off the front of the house, and wallpaper from inside. I'm adding a before and after picture so you can see how "lovely" the front of the house is, with Insulbrick and ...