Playing Catch UP

I HAVE PHOTOS. Thanks Lisa for the great little camera.

I will be adding a few posts and photos for each room we have completed to date - along with some that need some work bad ... Hope you all enjoy.

First is the Library. This room sits on the West side of the house on the third floor. It was one of the first rooms we cleaned and painted for a few reasons: We needed a place to store all our books and it had shelves already built-in, and because it needed near zero work (other than a color change and maybe some improvements in the future, they never really stop, do they ?).

There is a wall to wall/indoor-outdoor-type carpet in here with original floor boards below. We may one day strip out the carpet and clean up the floor, but for now its a comfortable room. The third floor has no heating/cooling so we use it only a few months out of the year and suffer through short trips to grab a book the rest. I have a grand scheme for some solar panels and heating/cooling unit in the attic to condition the third floor, but that's a long way and a few thousand dollars off. For now a portable heater in the winter and open windows works fine.

Here's a restored chair and an unrestored frame and easel that are in the library. All part of the Mooresque style we are trying to impart on the room. I have stencils I am playing with, but thats a low priority.

Behind the easel is a little room, its one of a couple of dormers that jut out of the third floor roofline. It has a great original-to-the-house unpainted door on it and there are more shelves built inside the dormer room. I do need clean up the contraption that was built to fill the arched doorway - the door has been hacked off on top to fit under the gable and the dormer wont allow the door to swing if I rebuild a pointed top to the door, so Ill fill in the arch with some wallboard and fit additional door surround to clear out the hinged head-banger on the door - check out the photos of it.

The BLUE carpet is pretty ugly, hu ? but it helps insulate, is in clean/good condition and is far better than ill-fitted plywood. I do need to check out whats below it and see if any repairs/insulation are needed. We insulated this room and under the eaves (access to both the left and right of inside the doorway) last fall. I use it to store cleared hardware for the house and picture frames - and yeah, thats a window air conditioner we took out of the library. It may go back in one day but till then here it sits.

Look for more soon.

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