|How long will this stay so shiny???|
The next challenge - getting a new boiler down the narrow basement stairway. Thankfully our plumber Dominic was up to the challenge! He had the boiler delivered unassembled.....which looked like a 1000 part, 3D jigsaw puzzle. But he was able to quickly assemble it and now we have this beautiful, shiny new boiler ready for the winter! (maybe it's only in Maine that we get really excited about heating systems!). This coupled with all the new insulation in the house should make a big difference on heating costs.
|Root Cellar - Before|
One part of the house that I haven't shared with you, is a bit unusual. We had an honest to goodness root cellar - complete with roots - in the back of the house.
This part of the basement is dirt.....which was crumbling as we got work done in there. And it's a lot of work - adding plumbing for 2 baths, steam heat pipes and new electric. Many houses of this era have dirt basements, but its important to seal the space from moisture. And we have a couple of other issues we want to correct. The joists for the room above are overspanned and need additional support (note the support post that's sitting on a big rock!!). This explains why the floor above is so bouncy! So it's a big job!
|Root Cellar - After|