Archive for the ‘Foyer’ Category

Construction loan status: closed!

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

I think. The banker came by yesterday, admired our progress, and later called Don to say the bank would convert our construction loan to a mortgage. No more $212 in fees every two months to extend the construction loan. Now, if we can get our certificate of occupancy before May so we can host a teachers’ lunch and a graduation and refinance with a fixed rate before the rates approach our adjustable rate (which is about 6%, and gets readjusted every five years)…

In other news, our front stairs are finished, but not finished. (Railings and balusters are in, but we still need to sand, oil and wax.) I hope to expand on this news one day soon, but for now, here’s a picture.

inspired by The New Old House (Taunton Press)

And I made a violet garden over the weekend. We have at least three species of violets in our yard, including a raspberry violet raspberry violet or Southern wood violet that I think is  Viola hirsutula (Southern wood violet) and your more common purple and white violets. My camera, for the most part, insisted on focusing on anything but the violets and on correcting for color, so these two photos are the best of a blurry collection. I was very excited about the raspberry violet, having never seen one before (except last year, in my garden), and also excited about keying it down via the American Violet Society’s online key. I dug up three V. hirsutula and a bunch of the others (which I am not as confident about what I keyed them down to, since one came back as a marsh violet that insists on a damp environment, but was thriving in a not-marshy environment) and moved them to the north side of our house, where I made a hasty border of drain tile, stones, and clay pavers, mulched with mulch we got from the city last year, and uncovered a broad stone path dividing the garden. I spent much of Saturday puttering and enjoying myself. The path (which used to connect to stairs leading to a side door in what is now our 1st floor bath) is wide enough for a comfy chair, and stays shady and cool until late in the afternoon. Yay for spring!

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Under two (!) layers of carpet …

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

we found a pretty nice pine floor in the foyer.

I’ve never heard of not removing carpet before you put down new.

I’ve heard of layers upon layers of linoleum. I’ve even removed layers of linoleum at my uncle’s house.

I’ve heard of layers upon layers of roofing. My first condo (at the Churchill) came with a flat roof which had never had a single layer removed since it was built in the 1910s. The discovery was made via coring, like you would for oil. I think there were seven layers, where city code would only allow for two or maybe three before tear-off time. Removing and replacing that roof was expensive, but at least the roof didn’t cave in before it was removed.

I’ve never heard of not removing carpet.

Don pulled the carpet out of the foyer today. Well, except for the part that is under the sofa bed* that persistently smells like wet dog and is upended in the foyer corner next to Apartment 2. I think it has been abandoned by the former tenant of Apartment 1 after he discovered that even the Salvation Army won’t take a sofa that smells like wet dog. But I don’t know that for sure. Maybe the tenant is coming back for it along with his other, ahem, personal detritus. I do plan to make sure it (the sofa and possibly the personal detritus — not the the former tenant or his dog) is in the dumpster before the dumpster departs and my mother in law arrives. The smell is a little off-putting.

But I digress. Don removed two layers of carpet with padding in between, although he says the older carpet would hardly qualify as carpet, and underneath he found some nice heart pine (below). The foyer floor is laid perpemdicular to the floor in Apartment 1, but parallel to the floor in Apartment 2, which could mean two layers of floor or something weird with the floor joists or something else. (The front part of Apartment 1 is to the left in the photo I posted yesterday, where the front porch would have been. And Apartment 2 is to the right.) All the floors are the same elevation, so I doubt there are two layers.

foyer-carpets.jpg foyer-floor.jpg

He uncovered the stairs, too. There seems to have been several attempts to dress them up with paint.  Lovely.

carpeted-stairs.jpg uncarpeted-stairs.jpg

* I wonder why the term is “sofa bed” and not “couch bed.” I looked around, but still don’t know the answer. I did learn that the word couch is of French origin (couchier, to lie down) and sofa is Turkish (from the Arabic word suffa, carpet or divan). Surprised me since I had guessed that couch was the old English word and sofa from the Norman invasion. Maybe the furniture itself is post-William the Conqueror, then.

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