We start the slow process of landscaping and trying to shed water away from the Mooreland House. Our first attempt is to make the water coming off the roof go over the gutters so it doesn’t have a chance to run down into the walls. This was a time consuming process and we have come up with better solutions since this video was shot. We didn’t do much talking in this video so we hope you are able to follow along with what we are doing.
In this week’s video we continue cleaning up parts of the basement but are called away to a little more pressing item. The temporary roof material that is warrantied to be exposed for 30 days gave up after only 12 months. It’s failure made a mess. Nothing like working below ground one day and 50 feet above it the next.
After the party there is always cleanup. We tackle the cleanup of the basement in this video. Too bad we didn’t have a garden to put all the mulch in that used to be floor joists and flooring. =) The basement sure does look a lot better!
We finally get all the debris cleaned up in the back hallway, Powder Room area. It is now a big open space until we get back to it but it won’t be falling on anyone now. Thanks for watching!
We continue with the videos of the Powder Room demolition. Since we plan on reusing any material that we can, we have to be careful about how we take it down. We plan on repairing window frames with the solid heart pine studs that we pulled out of the walls. We also will be able to reuse all of the tongue and groove wall paneling. Having no floor just adds a little bit of excitement as well.
Our video is named “Oops” today because we accidently uploaded out of order. If anyone was having trouble figuring out why we just started taking down a door last week… well, that was supposed to be explained. The video this week should provide the context of why the whole wall needed to come down. Remember as you watch, this is the worst area of the Mooreland House. This is only about 400 square feet of a 10,500 square foot mansion. It seems catastrophic but it is really a pretty small area. We will replace it and no one will be able to tell what went on here.
How do you take down a solid wood door when there is no floor under it? We get creative and figure it out. Spoiler alert, the door survives. =)
We get rid of the rotten floor joists and flooring and reuse some plywood to ensure that we have a safe platform to walk on. We are getting closer to fixing in all the holes in the floors. We needed to do this in order to use the back stairs.
This video has given us renewed inspiration. We hope to some day make the Mooreland House as elegant as this castle.
The basement is in pretty bad shape. We start by making sure the stairs are sound enough to go up and down. We hope the change of scenery will be nice. Enjoy!