It has been WAY too long since we have posted an update on the Franklin House. We have some more detailed posts coming up (including one from Pete!!!) but in the meantime here are the pieces/parts that have been making up our days.
We had the chimneys tuck pointed and repaired inside and out. We are very pleased with the results! We used All Ohio Masonry and they were great. We really recommend them. Since the house is soooo tall and the roof is soooo steep they had to use this fancy lift to safely reach the top of the chimneys. Those guys are much braver than me!
One of our absolute favorite historic details on the house was this cresting. It is just so cool. It was in very very bad shape and we thought that we were going to be able to have it powder coated. But no… that was not possible. It was originally soldered together and our test piece fell apart in the powder coating oven. Whoops! Also, our garage is filling up. Been filled up…. I need to reorganize it. Jeesh.
This guy is the job site mascot. Pete and George found him under the back porch when it was torn off. Cute and creepy all at the same time. Must be from the sixties or seventies.
New windows have been going in. We have to do this before we can get the insulation put in. After quite a while with the window spaces boarded up it is super nice to have the light back. The bright and cheery atmosphere in the house is really what drew us to it in the beginning.
The house had never had any vapor barrier on it before either. Now that it has vapor barrier the house will be much easier to take care of! The paint won’t peel off! Yay!
The guys have been working on the addition to prepare for the new rubber roof. You can see where they moved the windows and pulled off the siding to expose the exterior sheathing. I love the fact that it was put on the house at a 45 degree angle!
Pete has been repairing the decorative cap on the addition. Apparently the cap was wooden and had rotted over time. So OF COURSE you should just put metal over it. Repeatedly. Pete said that there were three layers over the old wood. Now it is brand new and solid!
Keep your eyes out for Pete’s blog this coming week! Very exciting! And as always….thank you for reading!