Friday, September 24, 2010

Renovations underway

Our project for this fall is the complete renovation of the main floor of my heritage house in Fernwood.  It's been rented out for the past twenty years and is in dire need of an upgrade. The outside is vintage and in good shape but the inside isn't so great. The house was turned into a duplex some time around the late 1940s we think.  They lowered the 11 foot ceilings  by three feet and finished them with cove work.  They moved the walls to create a two bedroom apartment and covered the fir floors with glued-down tiles.  We've kept it painted and carpeted but now that the tenants on the main floor have moved out we're going to do an upgrade.

The first thing was to pull up the worn out carpets.  Here's what we found.

Yuck!  We don't have the time or money to restore the original rooms but we'll be doing our best to create a nicer living space. Because walls have been moved we've decided not to go through the work of scraping off layers of glued down flooring, but to install good laminate flooring over top.  First though, we have a lot of cleaning, filling, sanding, priming and painting to do.  We have our work cut out for us.


  1. I love old homes and look forward to your renovations. Last year it was your garden, wasn't it? I'd love to see how that's maturing!

  2. Thanks for the reminder Rudee. I'll take some photos to show you.


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