Yes that photo was staged. And I heard it for even having the trash can there long enough to take it. Now the trash can population on the screen porch has been in flux, reaching a maximum of 9, then declining to 4. There are two more ready to come out of the house though, and that’s probably the end of the firewood. I’ve also filled 2 more cans of wood that’s not fit to burn, which more or less finishes off the wood that’s getting thrown out!
But that’s not the only thing that’s wrapped up. Today I’ve nearly finished the framing that’s required to insulate the house! Here’s what it looks like now:
The short exterior wall in the bathroom is framed out with 2×3’s and 2×4’s turned sideways, braced to the window framing since they’re not very rigid turned this way. There’s a 2-3 inch irregular gap between the new drywall and the old plaster that will be filled with spray foam.
The kitchen’s exterior wall is framed out with 2×3’s to level it for cabinets and stabilize a cut joist that runs directly above it. The plaster is falling off the brick. This gap will also be filled with spray foam. The original window opening is crooked, so there will be a triangular gap filled with spray foam there. The stud wall is set higher to match the heights of other openings in the house. Blinds will hide the gap.
The front living room window openings are re-framed level, larger than I want them so that nothing blocks the openings when I replace the front windows in a few years. The sides of the openings will be drywalled for now, but later I will cover over the drywall with wood and trim similar to the way it was. The old sagging jambs had studs nailed directly into them, so when they came out so did the top portion of this wall. I kind of wanted to save as much of the original plaster as I could, but I have a feeling that this will come off and get replaced with drywall. It will save a lot of time. What does everyone think? Will I miss the plaster here, or is sheetrock just as well?
In the back bedroom the original studs in the wood framed bay have been shimmed out to make an even (well almost even) wall surface. They’re about 27 inches apart, but that’ll do with 5/8″ Sheetrock.
And the exterior brick wall in the same room, which is plaster on brick, has 1×3 furring strips on 24 inch centers. I will glue 3/4″ rigid foam board onto the plaster in between the furring strips and then fill the gaps around it (and that old wall cavity with no plaster) with spray foam. The cinder block patch where the bathroom window used to be has a deeper cavity, varying between 2 and 3 inches, which I plan on having the contractor fill with spray foam.
Now it’s time to Sheetrock the ceilings. Many of them have huge holes in them, and all of them are so full of cracks and old wallpaper that they’re not worth restoring. The front bedroom is particularly bad, and I get the feeling if I don’t laminate something over it soon it will end up on the floor. I wanted a photo of the NEW ceilings sitting on the living room floor, once again piled 4 feet high, but I forgot to take that photo so I’ll end with a photo of more bad plaster.