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Pieces/Parts #5 An Update!

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.

Brick Lift

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!

Cresting Before Paint

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.

Mascot Bunny

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.

Tyvek Front

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 Repairing

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!

Pieces/Parts #4

Progress at The Franklin House has been slow and steady. We will have some more posts soon showing the progress on the inside but in the meantime here is a quick update on the happenings. So here are our pieces/parts #4.


Removing Porch

Pete and George removed the ugly porch. They did it when it was hot and humid. I thought that they were going to melt away. That porch was a layer of concrete over another layer of concrete. Yikes! I am excited to get a period correct porch back on there!


Porch Pile


The Porch leftovers. We filled TWO thirty yard dumpsters with the concrete and wood bits of that horrible thing!


Between Houses

I was really impressed with this space when I saw it! It used to be over super overgrown and had a layer of debris. The brick chimney was covered in ivy and that is gone too! It looks so much better now.


Window Framing


The guys have been hard at work to prepare the house for the new windows. The place is going to look so great with all new windows in! We also have the masons in doing work on the chimneys and foundation. They are doing a fantastic job!


Electrical Box



Just a teaser for what has been happening on the inside. After a hiccup with the plumber we are getting all the important bits in. The electrical, HVAC and plumbing is on its way!!!

Pieces/Parts #3 June in the Garden


Every year for the past 5 years Peter and I have planted a large vegetable garden. I love June in the garden when all the plants are just starting to grow and bloom. Not only do we get to eat the fruits of our labor (oh so punny) but it is so much fun to watch these fast growing plants do their thing! We have had our vegetable plants in for a month or so and while these are not ALL of what we are growing these are a few of the best parts right now.


Tomato Blossoms
Tiny blossoms turn into huge tomatoes. Magic!

Last year we did 10 tomato plants and it was WAY too many. This year we scaled down to 7. I personally do not like to eat raw tomatoes but like to make and can spaghetti sauce. We also give away a bunch of them!

Cucumber Blossom
Every time I see a cucumber blossom I think of pickles.

We do 2 regular cucumber plants each year. They produce like crazy and we have plenty to eat raw and I pickle a bunch too! We train them up a trellis and it makes them much easier to find when they get ripe.

Radishes June
First time doing radishes. They grow really fast!

We almost lost our radishes to a hungry rabbit. I am glad they did not eat them all! We have eaten a few of these and they are crunchy and spicy.

Strawberries June
Sooooo many strawberries this year!

It was a good year for our strawberries. This is one of the very first things that we planted in our garden and we look forward to picking them every year. I have already made and canned jam. I have not quite perfected the process of jam yet but this batch was my best yet! Kinda runny. Oh well.

Hops  June
The fastest growing plant I have ever seen!

This hops vine is about 4 years old. We have harvested and used the hops to brew beer a couple of times! I love watching this plant race up the fence each year.

This is few pieces of our veggie garden this year! I will make sure to post more pictures as our plants grow and produce!

Pieces/Parts #2

Peter and George have been working A LOT lately. The Franklin House project has gotten to the point where we are starting to put the inside back together. Luckily the guys got a whole day off last week. Pete and I spent the day gardening and it was really relaxing. Here are the pieces/parts from our day off.

We are doing all our herbs in containers this year. I hope I remember to water them!
I like this variegated variety of sage.
Mother's Day Pot
Our day off fell on Mother’s Day. We made my mom a flowering pot!
Planting Seeds
We planted seeds in our vegetable garden this year. We planted lettuce, garden beans, radishes. lima beans and sugar snap peas.
Tomato cages
Pete put the tomato cages over our new plants. We planted WAY too many tomato plants last year this year we only put in 7.
Our pepper plants did not do very well last year. This year we did not put in as many.
Mia Louise
Mia got to spend most of the day outside. She was in heaven!
Pete drawing
Pete even got some drawing time in!

We had a fantastic day! One that was much needed. Soon we will have a post up about how we pulled some order into The Franklin House’s former chaotic floor plan.

Pieces/Parts #1


I have been wanting to share a few “behind the scenes” pictures lately. I always like to see the small parts that make up a person’s day. Peter uses the term pieces/parts all the time and it makes me smile. So here are our pieces…

CAD monkey

This guy spends a lot of time doing this. CAD drawing is one of the things that he is best at and though it strains the eyes he enjoys manipulating spaces this way.

Vintage Lights

These lights were a find and a half! Vintage porcelain industrial lights. We went out to Heart of Ohio Antique Mall looking for something interesting to use for our bathroom vanities. We found nothing that we could use for those but we found these awesome lights! They are a bit dinged up and rusty around the edges but we love the age that shows on them. These guys were marked fifty dollars apiece (a good deal considering the pricing we found for new lighting) and when we decided to buy them the employees of the mall called the dealer for his best price. So we paid a whopping thirty bucks each!

Reclaimed Lath

This pile of lath that George and Pete reclaimed out of the house is just sitting around and waiting for me to pull all the nails out of it and clean it up. Then I can start playing with it to see if I can make an interesting wall treatment. This stuff is sturdier than it looks.

Reclaimed Trim

The trim that was in the house but now is in my garage. We couldn’t save much of this. It was pretty brittle and had been chopped up during the houses life. We hope to still use some of this but most of the pieces are pretty short.

Messy Garage

And finally the view of our poor garage. Nothing bothers Pete more than a messy garage. I can totally feel him though. Clear space = Clear mind.

Thanks for reading!