|The original floor plan of the back of the house as it was when we moved in|
|Looking east in our new blank slate of a kitchen space|
|Looking East (fireplace)|
|Replacing the floor joists|
And we do love our house--too much not to use the best materials we can.
Not only did the new joists reduce the floor deflection enough for us to lay tile, they also gained us almost 2 inches of headroom in the basement (which had been lost to the sagging of the old joists).
Luckily, while my dad and N were doing that, I was far away looking at castles, wandering through ruins, art galleries and cathedrals, and enjoying the beautiful city of Krakow, Poland, with my friend E.
|A castle in the Pieniny mountains, the courtyard at Wawel Castle, and a self portrait walking|
through an art installation at the National Gallery, Krakow
After joists came the subfloor: 5/8" tongue and groove plywood secured with construction adhesive and then screwed down into the joists.
Tool Tip: If you have a project that will require a lot of glue, or are engaged in long-term renovations, we recommend you spend the $100 or so it will cost to buy one of these guns:
|Foam gun and sub floor adhesive canister|
After the subfloor came framing. Then wiring--for lighting, speakers, outlets, range and hood, and future wi-fi (the lighting/wiring required a detailed plan). At the same time came plumbing for two sinks and a separate waterline for unsoftened water. Plumbing costs, if you don't already know, mount quickly, and are a bit of a wild card. Budget for more than you expect. Oh, and then a new gas line for the range. And after all this came insulation--sprayed-in foam to a depth of 3 1/2". Did you know that every insulation company has a proprietary colour of foam? We've had icy cool blue, but this insulation was pink.
|Pink foam insulation|
|Insulation circa 1880--Yes, paper bags of straw!|
|The toilet stack insulated with a sheet of mass loaded vinyl|
To be continued...